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Barcelona 5-4 Sevilla: Pedro hits Super Cup winner in his final act for Barca

Published 12/08/2015

Match winner: Pedro wheels away after scoring for Barca
Match winner: Pedro wheels away after scoring for Barca

Manchester United target Pedro has told Barcelona he wants to leave the European champions, according to technical secretary Robert Fernandez.

United have been heavily linked with a move for the Spain international as they look to replace Angel di Maria, who joined Paris St Germain for £44.3m last week.

And it was revealed last night that 28-year-old Pedro has said he wants to quit the Nou Camp.

Barca technical secretary Fernandez said: "Pedro has told me he wants to go."

Fernandez also admitted that last night's Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla could be Pedro's last in Barcelona colours, adding: "The buy-out clause in Pedro's contract is not negotiable, but this could be his final game."

With Brazil striker Neymar being struck down with mumps, it had been thought Pedro would line up alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Barca's starting line-up in Tbilisi.

However, Barca coach Luis Enrique opted to leave the long-serving winger on the bench and start with Rafinha, and it was not until extra-time that Pedro was sent on.

Pedro made a match-winning impact, though, scoring the winner moments from the end as Barca recorded a thrilling 5-4 victory over their La Liga rivals.

Europa League winners Sevilla sprung an early surprise in Tbilisi as Ever Banega's free-kick gave them a third-minute lead, but Barca swiftly turned things, with Messi netting two delightful free-kicks of his own in the seventh and 16th minutes.

The treble winners went 3-1 up a minute before the interval through a Rafinha tap-in, and the game appeared over when Suarez added a fourth seven minutes after the break.

Five minutes later, though, Sevilla had a goal back through Jose Antonio Reyes, and Kevin Gameiro's 72nd-minute penalty then reduced the deficit further before substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka levelled with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Pedro then came off the bench in extra-time and struck the decisive goal in the 115th minute.

Belfast Telegraph

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