12 Aug Pedro fires Barcelona to Super Cup victory
Pedro came off the bench to fire Barcelona to Super Cup victory in a thrilling 5-4 encounter against Sevilla.
The Manchester United target, who reportedly told technical secretary Robert Fernandez that he wants to leave the Camp Nou before the game, followed up to slam home from close range after 115 minutes of play.
Despite falling behind to a sublime Ever Banega free kick, two expertly-taken set pieces of his own from Lionel Messi, and further goals from Luis Suarez and Rafinha had Barcelona in a commanding position at 4-1.
Yet incredibly Sevilla battled back.
Jose Antonio Reyes gave the Andalusians a glimmer of hope to make it 4-2 before Scottish referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot which Kevin Gameiro converted from. New signing Yevhen Konoplyanka then restored parity to send the game into extra time.
Pedro was to have the final say, slamming home from close range after goalkeeper Beto was unable to collect Messi’s second effort from a free kick.
After the game Messi paid tribute to the 28-year-old.
“Pedro deserved it for everything he has given and continues to give to the club,” he told reporters. “I don’t know what will happen with him – it’s a decision he has to take – but whatever he does, he deserves it.”
Pedro attempted to clarify his position at the club. Asked if he wanted to leave, he said: “The answer is no. But it is a difficult, complicated situation. When you know you may leave, it is difficult.”