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Messi Sees Red as Athletic Bilbao Stun Barcelona to Clinch Spanish Supercopa

After beating Real Madrid away in the semifinal to qualify for the final, Athletic Bilbao stunned Barcelona after extra time to claim this year’s edition of the Spanish Supacopa.

Ronald Koeman named a very strong side, with Messi returning to the team that beat Real Sociedad in the semifinal.

The Catalan side started brightly, with Antoine Griezmann scoring the side’s only two goals on the night. The first, after Griezmann pounced on a deflected shot to slot it home and the second, a well placed ball by Jordi Alba.

Bilbao responded in kind immediately after Griezmann’s opener through Spanish winger, Oscar de Marcos in an otherwise evenly contested final.

Villalibre drew his side level in the 90th to break Catalan hearts, thereby taking the game to extra time.

Just few minutes into extra time, Inaki Williams received the ball from the timeless Iker Muniain, turned on the edge of the box before firing it into the far corner beyond the reach of the out stretched Ter Stegen.

Barcelona then turned on the pressure as they pushed for an equaliser, however it was not to be as things went from bad to worse for Barcelona, after their talisman, Lionel Messi saw red in the 120th minute, his first for Barcelona.

The win means Athletic Bilbao now has three Supercopas.

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