SEVILLE (REUTERS) – Lionel Messi was shipped off without precedent for his Barcelona vocation in the end phases of additional time as they lost 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super on Sunday (Jan 18).
Messi, who got back to the firing line-up in the wake of missing the semi-last triumph over Real Sociedad through injury, was excused subsequent to striking Asier Villalibre in the last moment.
The Argentinian had been intensely associated with a more certain route as Barca started to lead the pack five minutes before the break.
His objective bound exertion was impeded, tumbling to the feet of Antoine Griezmann, who got the first of his two objectives.
Bilbao’s riposte was quick as Oscar De Marcos met Inaki Williams’ cross two minutes after the fact to send the sides in level at half-time.
Raul Garcia had a header denied for offside by VAR after the restart as Bilbao delighted in the better possibilities in a strained issue.
Nonetheless, French forward Griezmann hoped to have won it for the Catalans with an objective against the run of play a little ways from time, just for substitute Villalibre to volley home in the 90th moment to send the game into the additional period.
Three minutes into the extra half hour, Williams twisted a dazzling exertion into the furthest corner from the edge of the container to dominate the game for Marcelino Garcia’s side.
The triumph brought a third Super Cup title for the Basque side and their first flatware since they guaranteed a similar prize in 2015 with a 5-1 total success over Barca.