Lionel Messi obtained a primary ever purple card for Barcelona in Sunday’s Spanish Tremendous Cup defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
With Barca trailing 3-2 to Bilbao in further time, Messi was given his marching orders, following a VAR evaluate, for showing to hit Asier Villalibre on the pinnacle in an off the ball incident.
Previous to the sending off, Messi had solely obtained two purple playing cards in his skilled profession whereas taking part in for Argentina.
It was one other irritating night time for the Barcelona captain as Bilbao got here from behind twice, which included a 90th-minute equaliser to take the sport to further time, to elevate the Spanish Tremendous Cup.
Messi ended up staying at Barcelona after declaring his intention to depart final summer time, however he’s out of contract this yr and appears sure to depart Spain.
The Spanish Tremendous Cup loss piles much more stress on Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring for Barcelona within the 40th minute, earlier than having his strike cancelled out simply two minutes later by Oscar de Marcos.
Griezmann thought he had gained it for his facet with a 77th-minute objective, earlier than Villalibre levelled in stoppage time.
Bilbao took the lead three minutes into extra-time with a shocking objective to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
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And it obtained worse for Barcelona as Messi obtained a purple card for his second of insanity within the 121st minute.
Koeman, who missed the possibility to win his first trophy with Barcelona as a supervisor, might be fearing the sack after his newest setback.
Barcelona additionally path LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid by seven factors as Diego Simeone’s males have two video games in hand on their rivals.