Watch: Messi almost scores looping effort straight from corner in El Clasico
Ronald Koeman’s men went into the break two goals behind after a brilliant backheel flick from Karim Benzema opened the scoring and Toni Kroos doubled Real Madrid’s advantage with a deflected free-kick.
Barcelona dominated possession and territory, but it was Los Blancos that appeared to carry more goal threat, with Vinicius Junior particularly lively on the counter-attack.
But despite that, Messi almost produced one of the great Clasico goals, deciding against crossing to his team-mates and instead going straight for goal.
The Argentinian’s sensational looping effort even beat Thibaut Courtois, who clambered at the ball before being relieved to see it bounce off the crossbar.
Lionel Messi goes inches away from scoring a corner! 😱
The crossbar saves Thibaut Courtois just before half time 😅 pic.twitter.com/4VgvBFPOUb
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