By Francis Etuko
Abujaa (Precise Post) – Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time in his Barcelona career late in extra-time in Seville, as Inaki William’s winner three minutes into extra-time gave Athletic Bilbao victory
The Argentine had been heavily involved in a more positive way as Barca took the lead five minutes before the break.
Messi’s goalbound effort was blocked, falling to the feet of Antoine Griezmann, who netted the first of his two goals.
Bilbao’s riposte was immediate as Oscar De Marcos met Inaki Williams’ cross two minutes later to send the sides in level at half-time.
Get Sky Sports | Get a Sky Sports Pass
Messi 360: The view from all sides
Raul Garcia had a header disallowed for offside by VAR after the restart as Bilbao enjoyed the better chances in a tense affair.
However, French forward Griezmann looked to have won it for the Catalans with a goal against the run of play 14 minutes from time, only for substitute Villalibre to volley home in the 90th minute to send the game into the extra period.
Three minutes into the additional half-hour, Williams curled a stunning effort into the far corner from the edge of the box to win the match for Marcelino Garcia’s side.