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

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

The Royal Spanish Football Federation’s competition committee will meet this week to decide the length of the Barca captain’s suspension.

Messi, 33, is certain to miss two matches but that could be doubled, depending on how the competition committee categorise the dismissal. The ban will be served across La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

Therefore, he will miss Thursday’s Copa trip to third-division side Cornella and next weekend’s game against Elche in La Liga. If the ban is longer, he could also miss the next round of the Copa if Barca progress and the match against Athletic at Camp Nou on Jan. 31.

Sunday’s red card was the first Messi has received while playing for Barca’s first team, a length of 753 matches. It was the fourth of his career, though, following one dismissal for Barca B in 2005 and two with Argentina, including one on his international debut that same year.

Koeman said after Sunday’s loss that he empathised with Messi’s frustration.

“I can understand what Messi did,” Koeman said. “I don’t know how many times they fouled him, and it’s normal to react when they keep trying to foul you as a player who is looking to dribble with the ball, but I need to see it again properly.”

Messi, who returned to the starting line-up after missing the semi-final victory over Real Sociedad through injury, was dismissed after striking Asier Villalibre in the final minute.

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 response was immediate as Oscar De Marcos met Inaki Williams’ cross two minutes later to send the sides in level at half-time.

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.

The victory brought a third Super Cup title for the Basque side and their first silverware since they claimed the same trophy in 2015 with a 5-1 aggregate win over Barca.

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