Topping the Champions League magic he performed against Bayern Munich was never going to be easy for Lionel Messi when Barcelona turned its attention back to maintaining its La Liga lead over Real Madrid on Saturday. An organized, Everton-esque Real Sociedad side under David Moyes made things challenging during a scoreless first half before Neymar finally broke through with a 51st-minute header.
Barca was seeing its way through to a 1-0 victory and a five-point lead over Real Madrid when the Camp Nou faithful were treated to another moment of soccer brilliance. It didn't come from Messi, though.
Pedro, the odd-man out in Barcelona's star-studded forward trio, grabbed the spotlight after pulling off a stunning bicycle kick to complete a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Pedro's goal secured all three points, allowing Barcelona fans to breathe easy. Real Madrid will have to beat a tough Valencia team at home on Saturday to keep pace.