L​ionel Messi rescued Barcelona from defeat by firing in a late free kick to earn the Catalonians a 1-1 draw at Villarreal on Sunday evening at the Estadio De La Ceramica in Vila-real.

Barcelona were in danger of losing their second straight match to start 2017 and fall six points adrift of Real Madrid in the league table until Messi dusted off his Superman boot to score and give Barcelona a precious point. Still, Barcelona are five points behind Los Blancos, who also have a match in hand.