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Messi sent off for first time in his Barcelona career

By Priyanka Verma 
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Messi, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the semi-final victory over Real Sociedad through injury, was dismissed after striking Asier Villalibre in the final minute.

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Argentine footballer Lionel Messi was shown red card for the first time after more than 750 games for Barcelona. the incident happened during the Spanish super cup final against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday ,which Barcelona lost2-3
He was sent off during the dying stages of the match after VAR review showed he knocked down a Bilbao forward while passing.

The Argentine had been heavily involved in a more positive way as Barca took the lead five minutes before the break.
Messi’s goalbound effort was blocked, falling to the feet of Antoine Griezmann, who netted the first of his two goals.
Bilbao’s responded as Oscar De Marcos met Inaki Williams’ cross two minutes later to send the sides in level at halftime.
Raul Garcia’s header was disallowed for offside by VAR after the restart as Bilbao had the better chances in a tense affair.

However, French forward Griezmann looked to have won it for the Catalans with a goal against the run of play 14 minutes from time, only for substitute Villalibre to volley home in the 90th minute to send the game into the extra period.

Three minutes into the additional half hour Williams curled a stunning effort into the far corner from the edge of the box to give Bilbao the lead for the first time in the tie.

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“It’s going to be impossible to keep up that record,” he said. “I don’t know how many semi-finals I had to play before actually reaching a final, I think it was eight, but now I’ve won in two finals.”

A third Super Cup title is Bilbao’s first silverware since they claimed the same trophy in 2015 with a 5-1 aggregate win over Barcelona.

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