Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time in his career in Barcelona in the closing stages of extra time when they lost 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Supercopa on Sunday

Messi, who returned to the grid after beating Real Sociedad in the semi-finals due to injury, was sacked after a last-minute goal from Asier Villalibre

The Argentine was more positively engaged when Barca took the lead five minutes before the break

Messi’s shot on goal was blocked and fell at the feet of Antoine Griezmann, who scored the first of his two goals

Bilbao’s counter-speech was immediate when Oscar De Marcos hit Inaki Williams’ cross two minutes later to give the sides the lead at halftime

Raul Garcia had rejected a VAR header for offside after the restart, as Bilbao had the better chance in a tense affair

French striker Griezmann, however, seemed to have won it for the Catalans with a goal against the course of the game in 14 minutes, only that substitute Villalibre in the 90 Minute came home to send the game into overtime

Three minutes into the additional half hour, Williams threw a stunning shot into the far corner of the edge of the box to win the match for Marcelino Garcia’s side

The win earned the Basque side a third Supercopa title and their first cutlery since they took the same trophy with a 5-1 aggregate win over Barca in 2015

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Lionel Messi has been suspended for up to four games after receiving the first red card of his Barca career in the Supercopa loss to Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona wasted a 2-1 lead in added time and Lionel Messi was sent off when Barca lost the Supercopa final 3-2 in extra time to Athletic Club

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is sent off in the final moments of Barca’s 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao

Iniaki Williams scores the winning goal in extra time as Athletic Bilbao beat Barcelona in the Spanish Supercopa final

Athletic Bilbao shocked Barcelona and won the Spanish Supercopa in extra time in a wild match in which Lionel Messi was sent off for violent behavior

Barcelona v Ath Bilbao

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