For 38 minutes Deportivo La Coruña had done a admirable job of keeping a star-studded Barcelona team at bay at the Camp Nou. But there was to be nothing they could do stop the brilliance of Lionel Messi. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner stepped almost casually up to a free-kick 25 yards from goal and curled it with near perfection into the corner of the visitors’ net, past helpless goalkeeper German Lux. It gave Barcelona the lead and Messi his 50th goal for club and country in 2015.
Prior to that moment, Messi and the rest of his Barcelona team had been struggling to break through a well-organized Deportivo team. The visitors were showing why they sat an impressive sixth place in La Liga, and had conceded a respectable 14 goals in as many matches. Missing Neymar, the third member of their star trio alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, Barcelona were beginning to get frustrated and failing to pierce through their opponents’ rearguard. But Messi provided a moment of magic to set Barcelona on the road to a victory that would at the very least maintain their two-point advantage at the top of La Liga.