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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 March 2007, 23:54 GMT
Messi earns Barca dramatic draw
Lionel Messi
Messi proved to be Barcelona's saviour against real
Argentine teenager Lionel Messi scored a last-gasp goal to complete a hat-trick and earn 10-man Barcelona a 3-3 draw at home to Real Madrid.

Messi beat two defenders and steered a low shot into the far corner in the final minute of a dramatic game.

Messi and Real Madrid's Ruud van Nistelrooy had each scored twice in a frantic first half-hour.

Real's Sergio Ramos looked to have sealed victory 17 minutes from time before Messi had the final say.

Van Nistelrooy had put Real in front in the fifth minute before Messi responded by drilling the ball past Iker Casillas.

The Dutchman restored Real's lead from the penalty spot but Messi levelled again when he smashed high into the net on 29 minutes.

Barca suffered a major blow when Oleguer was sent off before the break and Real tried to make the most of their advantage.

But despite the header from Ramos, Barca never gave up and Messi's late strike sparked wild celebrations at the Nou Camp.



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