Barcelona: Lionel Messi missed a late penalty attempt before Barcelona clinched the Spanish Super Cup despite being held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Atletico Madrid.
Messi had a chance to put the result beyond doubt in 89th but fired his penalty kick off the crossbar to finish a forgettable night for the Argentina star, on Wednesday.
Barcelona eventually claimed the trophy on away goals following the 1-1 draw in the opening leg last week.
Atletico’s disciplined defence stifled a Barcelona’s attack featuring Neymar making his first starting appearance for his new club.
And the visitors enjoyed the best scoring opportunities other than Messi’s penalty attempt but weren’t able to get the critical goal, mainly because of Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
“I’m happy with the title. Whenever there is a title in play what counts is winning it,” Barca coach Gerardo Martino said. “But I want to see more. Above all in these types of games, we need to find more precision and the ability to create more spaces.”