However, a controversial VAR call allowed the visitors a route back into the game as Rafa Mir converted from the penalty spot.
But despite that setback, Barcelona refused to panic after the restart, as Mingueza rose highest to power home Messi’s cross on 53 minutes.
WHAT A BALL BY MESSI TO ASSIST MINGUEZA 🤯🔥pic.twitter.com/nXox6X8zMJ
— TM (@TotalLeoMessi) March 15, 2021
A first club goal marks an eye-catching first campaign for the Spanish U19 international as a regular fixture in the Barcelona defence.
If Koeman’s side hold on and secure a win in this tie they will tighten the gap at the top to four points behind Los Rojiblancos ahead of their trip to Real Sociedad this weekend.
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