Lionel Messi sent as Barcelona lose Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao
Lionel Messi’s only previous red cards had actually been for Argentina
Lionel Messi was revealed the very first red card of his Barcelona career as they lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup last.
Messi, in his 753rd appearance for Barca, swung at Asier Villalibre in the final seconds of extra time – an occurrence identified by the VAR.
Barca led twice through Antoine Griezmann but Oscar de Marcos and Villalibre, in the final minute, scored as Athletic responded each time.
Inaki Williams scored a fine winner.
The game in Seville was set to be kept in mind as an entertaining encounter and for Athletic’s 2nd trophy since 1985, up until the late drama.
Messi lashed out at goalscorer Villalibre off the ball in the 120th minute. The referee missed the clash at the time prior to viewing it on the VAR screen and dismissing Messi.
The 33-year-old had just been dispatched twice before, both for Argentina – on his worldwide launching versus Hungary in 2005 and in the 2019 Copa America third-place play-off versus Chile.
He might now be banned for at least four domestic games, with Super Cup suspensions rollovering to league and cup matches.
Barcelona were seconds away from winning the Super Cup for a 14th time – in what would have been a first trophy under Ronald Koeman’s reign. It would likewise have actually been an eighth Super Cup for Messi, in what might be his final season at Barca with his agreement coming to an end this summer.
Griezmann put them ahead after Messi’s shot was blocked before De Marcos scored from Williams’ cross minutes later on.
Athletic’s Raul Garcia had a header prohibited by the VAR and then Griezmann transformed from Jordi Alba’s cross.
However in the last minute replacement, Villalibre volleyed house to require extra time. Williams’ exceptional winner quickly after the restart came as he got the ball on the edge of package and curled into the leading corner.
Athletic, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the semi-finals, have beaten Real and Barca in successive games for the very first time since 1960.
The defeat comes simply as Barca – who required charges to beat Real Sociedad in the semis – and their captain were discovering kind. It was a first defeat in 10 video games for the Catalan side, while it ends Messi’s run of four goals in 2 games and 6 in five.