Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time in his Barcelona career in the closing stages of extra time as they lost 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
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.
The Argentine had been heavily involved in a more positive way as Barca took the lead five minutes before the breakAlberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Messi’s goalbound effort was blocked, falling to the feet of Antoine Griezmann, who netted the first of his two goalsbound fo.
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