Furious Lionel Messi lucky to avoid red card after shoving Diego Carlos in bust-up as Sevilla hold Barcelona to 0-0 draw

LIONEL MESSI was lucky not to have been sent off as Barcelona drew 0-0 with Sevilla.

The man considered by many as the greatest ever footballer lost his rag and shoved opponent Diego Carlos to the ground during the LaLiga clash.

This was the flashpoint that Messi was lucky to get away with
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Lionel Messi was fuming at the reaction of Diego Carlos
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It led to players from both sides getting involved in a shoving and shouting match as the game took a turn for the worse.

Messi was fuming at what he perceived a bad foul on team-mate Luis Suarez, who was playing his first game back from knee surgery.

The game was in the final few seconds of first-half injury-time when Messi saw red.

But thankfully that colour wasn’t reciprocated int he form of a card as Barca’s No10 escaped punishment.

REAL MADRID’S BIG CHANCE

Carlos’ over-exaggerated and delayed tumble to the ground might not have helped his case.

Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at Sevilla in an empty stadium as they dropped points for the first time since the season re-started after the hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Catalans are top of the standings on 65 points from 30 games but second-placed Real Madrid, with 62, can go above their rivals if they beat Real Sociedad away on Sunday due to their superior head-to-head record.

Sevilla are third on 52.


Messi went into the match on 699 career goals but failed to get his 700th for club and country, coming closest with a first-half free kick which was headed off the line.

Sergio Reguilon had a glorious chance to snatch a winner in added time when the ball fell into his path from close range.

But he hit it into the ground and Barca keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made a comfortable save for the reigning champions.



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