Video: Stacked up 9-man Granada wall can’t stop Lionel Messi scoring stunning low free-kick for Barcelona

Lionel Messi punished Granada for conceding a free-kick in the 41st minute of tonight’s La Liga encounter after a push on starlet Pedri right on the edge of the box.

Messi stepped up, facing a Granada side that had all 10 of their outfielders in the box – nine of which were in a wall alongside two Barcelona players – and still scored.

It looked as though Granada had prevented the opportunity of a low strike making its way through, as one player lied down in the wall, but Messi just went the other side and drilled the ball through a gap that promising young defender Oscar Mingueza helped to create in the wall.

This marks the all-time great’s second goal of the night, with Messi hitting the target seven minutes earlier thanks to a brilliant run from Antoine Griezmann that left Granada quaking in their boots.

Pictures from Premier Sports and Eleven Sports.

I reviewed the all-out tactics that sides have been deploying to prevent Messi from doing the spectacular from free-kicks around a month ago, but this still wasn’t enough to stop the superstar.

Messi has well and truly silenced those that have critiqued his free-kick taking since the start of the season, with Granada’s best efforts still not enough to stop the 33-year-old.

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