Messi sent off in Barca's cup final loss


FC Barcelona were stunned 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Supercopa de Espana on Sunday evening, with Lionel Messi dismissed at the death.

Captain Messi started ahead of Martin Braithwaite up top as Oscar Mingueza dropped out for a certain Sergio Dest while Bilbao were unchanged from the triumph over Real Madrid.

Bilbao, who surprised many with the shock win over Real in the semi-finals in midweek, were eager to get off to a positive start through Iker Muniain, but Marc-Andre Ter Stegen smothered.

Messi stepped forth for the Catalans following 37 minutes when he shaved the top of crossbar with a ferocious shot from range after picking up a loose pass.

The Argentine maintained dominance three minutes later after his shot from 12 yards deflected kindly for Antoine Griezmann, who bundled into the bottom-corner.

Bilbao levelled matters inside two minutes when Oscar de Marcos chased down a ball over the top of the defence before going on to apply a clever finish past Ter Stegen.

Ronald Koeman made a substitution as the second half resumed, with Oscar Mingueza replacing Dest before Raul Garcia had a goal from a cross disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Barcelona started to drop deep in the latter periods of the second stanza, resulting in Inaki Williams firing a low shot towards the near post wide of target.

The Catalans soon regrouped and with that reclaimed the lead with 12 minutes to go when Griezmann took a low cross from Jordi Alba in his stride before firing in from close-range.

With victory on the cards, Bilbao drew level right at the death with a free-kick from Muniain finding Asier Villalibre to complete the move with a cracking finish, as the match went to extra-time.

Bilbao were ahead for the first time in the match three minutes in the additional period when Williams curled a pass from the area into the top corner.

However, Messi was sent packing at the death for an off the ball incident shortly after Griezmann fired a clear chance wide which handed Bilbao the Super Cup title.

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