Barcelona – Supercopa Got himself sent off after a poor match
The last few months of Lionel Messi‘s career were summed up as he and Barcelona were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Club in the final of the Supercopa de Espana.
After Asier Villalibre‘s late equaliser, Ronald Koeman‘s side were beaten in extra time, losing their captain to a red card with just moments left to play.
Inaki Williams may well have scored the goal of his life at the Estadio de la Cartuja. The Athletic forward shaped to shoot from the edge of the penalty area in extra time and bent his shot into the far corner to hand his side the advantage for the first time in the match.
Since Barcelona qualified for the final, all eyes have been on Messi and his race to be fit for the match in Seville.
The Argentine ended up starting the game and would’ve played the full 120 minutes had he not been sent off towards the end of extra time.
He was involved in Antoine Griezmann‘s opening goal, but the 33-year-old’s frustration boiled over when he hit out at Villalibre in the second half of extra time. A strong punishment awaits.
This wasn’t what is expected of a captain and he should apologise.
Jordi Alba showed the two sides of his game in little under two minutes. Firstly, he provided the cross that Griezmann eventually converted to score Barcelona‘s opener. Moments later, the left-back was caught unawares at the back post and allowed Oscar de Marcos to equalise. Does he add more than he takes away to this Barcelona team?
Athletic kept their hopes of Supercopa glory alive when Villalibre struck in the final minutes to send the tie to extra time.
The trumpetist in the club’s band came up trumps for Los Leones and celebrated with his instrument at the end.
Raul Garcia was denied a goal in the final of the Supercopa when his strike at the start of the second half was ruled out by VAR. Replays showed that the Athletic forward was ever so slightly offside.
Sergino Dest only lasted the first half in Seville. His niggling injury problems clearly got the better of him as the youngster suffered a dip in form against Iker Muniain.
Mikel Balenziaga was more than a match for Ousmane Dembele, quelling the threat the Frenchman posed before he was substituted.