Messi sees red as Bilbao win Super Cup | Ralph Lauren

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Lionel Messi has been sent off for the first time in his Barcelona career as the Catalans were beaten 3-2 in extra-time by Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final.

Messi, who returned to the starting line-up after missing the semi-final victory over Real Sociedad through injury, was dismissed after striking Asier Villalibre in the final minute of the game.

A goal in each half from Antoine Griezmann looked to have won it for Barca at Seville’s La Cartuja stadium, after Oscar de Marcos equalised just before the break.

However, Bilbao substitute Asier Villalibre volleyed home in the 90th minute to send the game into the extra period.

Three minutes into the additional half hour Inaki Williams struck home 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 with his arm at Villalibre in an off-the-ball incident as the Catalans sought an equaliser.

It is the first time Messi has been red carded in 753 games for the Blaugrana.

Victory represents a third Super Cup title for Basque side Bilbao and their first silverware since they claimed the same trophy in 2015 with a 5-1 aggregate win over Barca.

Barcelona were seeking its 15th Super Cup title, and third in the past five seasons, as they aimed to end a title drought after going without a trophy last season.

This year’s Spanish Super Cup was moved to southern Spain after the coronavirus pandemic stopped it from being played in Saudi Arabia for a second straight season.

The tournament’s revamped Final Four format includes the top two finishers in the Spanish league and the finalists of the Copa del Rey from the previous season.



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