Ronald Koeman’s side have struggled to make any inroads on their hosts inside the first hour, with Borja Iglesias edging the home side in front before the break.
Koeman has been forced to turn to his 33-year old talisman with 35 minutes to go at the Estadio Benito Villamarin after opting to rest him from the start of the tie.
Messi needed less than 90 seconds on the pitch to drag his team to 1-1, as he confidently collected Ousmane Dembele‘s pass and lashed past Joel Robles on 59 minutes.
That's what you call a super sub! 😉
Lionel Messi comes off the bench and provides the Barca equaliser within just 3 minutes 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/wbEQMCeiNw
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