Posted on February 2, 2009
Lionel Messi came off the bench to score twice as nine-man Barcelona came from behind to beat Racing Santander 2-1 at El Sardinero on Sunday.
The runaway Primera Liga leaders appeared to be in trouble when Nikola Zigic put the Cantabrians ahead from the penalty spot early in the second half.
But Pep Guardiola turned to Messi in his moment of need and the Argentina forward turned the game on its head with two well-taken goals.
However, the late dismissals of Rafa Marquez and Yaya Toure did take some of the gloss off the result after both players were given their marching orders for second bookable offenses in the closing stages.