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Lionel Messi received his first red card of his Barcelona career.

The Argentine was sent off for the first time in his club career after dramatically losing his cool late on in the 3-2 supercopa defeat to Athletic Club.

Messi returned to the starting lineup after suffering a minor injury.

After 119 minutes of the match played, Messi swung at Asier Villalibre in an off-the ball incident that was spotted by VAR and deemed a red carded offense.

The forward is staring down his first ban that will extend to La Liga games with the Spanish FA disciplinary committee to decide on the length of the suspension.

Messi failed to find the target from any of his three attempts in the loss to Athletic, who came from behind twice to win the competition for the third time in their history.

Antoine Griezmann was on target twice, Oscar De Marcos and Villalibre both scored to make it 2-2 until Inaki Williams scored a fantastic winner three minutes into extra time.

”It was a difficult game” Ronald Koeman.

”We were really close to the victory. It is always difficult to concede just before half time, and then again at the end. It’s really difficult to handle”

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