Messi sees Barca career’s first red card in Super Cup defeat
Published: 12:02 PM, 18 January 2021
Messi was sent off in the 120th minute for lashing out at Villalibre as the Catalans sought an equalizer; Photo: Collected
The Barcelona star Lionel Messi was shown a red card for the first time in his club career after he lashed out at the end of 3-2 defeat to Athletic Club in extra time, resulting in the Athletic Club lifted the Supercopa de España title.
Messi played a pass at the end of the final match and took a swing at Asier Villalibre as the Athletic forward ran across his path. Although referee Gil Manzano missed the incident at first, however, upon a VAR review, she showed Messi a straught “red card for violent conduct”.
It was the first red card for Messi as a Barcelona player, coming in his 753rd appearance for the club.
The incident capped another frustrating part for the Catalans as they were unable to close out the silverware, having twice led.
Meanwhile, a goal in each half from Antoine Griezmann seemed for Barca’s win, however, Athletic’s Oscar de Marcos goal just before the break and substitute Asier Villalibre to volley home in the 90th minute to send the game into the extra period.
Three minutes into the additional half-hour Inaki Williams curled a stunning effort into the far corner from the edge of the box to win the match for Marcelino Garcia’s side.
Messi was sent off in the 120th minute for lashing out at Villalibre as the Catalans sought an equalizer.
As a result of getting the red card, Messi could now face at least a four-game ban – in La Liga matches against Elche, Athletic Club and Real Betis – for his actions, depending on a review from the Spanish FA.