Lionel Messi sent off as Barcelona lose Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao

Barca led twice through Antoine Griezmann but Oscar de Marcos and Villalibre, in the final minute, scored as Athletic replied each time.

Inaki Williams scored a fine winner.

The game in Seville was set to be remembered as an entertaining encounter – and for Athletic’s second trophy since 1985 – 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 before viewing it on the VAR screen and dismissing Messi.

The 33-year-old had only been sent off twice before, both for Argentina – on his international debut against Hungary in 2005 and in theĀ 2019 Copa America third-place play-off against Chile.

He could now be banned for at least four domestic games, with Super Cup suspensions carrying over to league and cup matches.

After the match Villalibre celebrated by playing the trumpet for his team-mates on the pitch.


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