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Lionel Messi shown first red card of Barcelona career after punching opponent in Super Cup final [Watch video]

Athletic Bilbao stunned an error-prone Barcelona on Sunday night, January 17, as they beat Barca 3-2 in extra time to win the Spanish Super Cup.

In a match filled with nerve-racking drama, six-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi was shown the first red card of his Barcelona career after he punched an opposing player, as he couldn’t keep a cool head seeing that his team was on the verge of losing the final.

Towards the match end, Messi played a pass and took a swing at Asier Villalibre as the striker came in front of him.

The referee then showed him a straight red card after reviewing the incident on VAR.

It was the first red card Messi has ever received as a Barcelona player, coming in his 753rd appearance for the club.

Antoine Griezmann scored twice only for Oscar de Marcos and Asier Villalibre to reply for the Basques. In extra-time, Iniaki Williams struck before Messi was red-carded, in another humiliating display that will surely see Messi leave the club in disarray.

Athletic who defeated Real Madrid days ago to reach the final, are now Supercopa champions.

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