Barcelona won the Supercopa de Espana for a record 11th time in their history but the main highlight of the match was their talisman Lionel Messi's failure to convert from the spot in his return from injury.

New manager Tata Martino decided to start with both Messi and Neymar for the home game of the Spanish Super Cup after playing out a 1-1 draw in the away game at the Vicente Calderon.

However, the pair failed to light up the pitch as was expected from them with Messi looking still a few days away from peak fitness and Neymar struggling against Atletico Madrid's physical defenders.

Messi was returning to the team after missing the league fixture against Malaga, due to an injury he had suffered in the first leg of the Cup tie, but he was not his usual self, failing to meaningfully contribute in the match.

With Atletico needing a goal to cancel out Barcelona's away goal advantage, the Madrid based side looked to up the ante in the second half after being happy to absorb pressure and attack on the counter in the first-half.

But tensions started to boil over which ultimately resulted in Atletico receiving two red cards - one to Felipe for what seemed like a deliberate step on Dani Alves after the Brazilian had gone to the ground for a foul and another to Arda Turan from the substitute bench in the dying moments of the match.

The match finally seemed likely to get its first goal when Pedro was adjusted to have been brought down inside the penalty area by two Atletico defenders in the 89th minute and Messi stepped up to take the resultant penalty.

But the Camp Nou was made to witness a rare sight as their Argentine superstar hit the crossbar with his effort keeping Madrid's faint hopes to a win alive.

The La Liga giants however saw off the game to ultimately lift their first title under Martino, albeit in an unconvincing manner. 

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