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Copa America - Lionel Messi expulsé face au Chili

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ByEurosport UK
06/07/2019 at 18:57 | Updated 06/07/2019 at 21:38

Lionel Messi has been sent off for the just the second time in his career after an altercation with Gary Medel as Argentina clashed with Chile.

The two came together during the 37th minute of the third-place play-off in the Copa America, with the Besiktas midfielder pushing the Barcelona attacker several times with his chest and going face to face with the 32-year-old.

The referee sent both off after consulting with VAR.

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Argentina had led 2-0 at the time of the incident, with Sergio Aguero and Pablo Dybala scoring for them, the former benefiting from a Messi assist. They held on to win a scrappy affair 2-1.

It was only the second red card of Messi's career, the first also coming while playing for Argentina on his debut against Hungary in 2005.

The referee also showed seven yellow cards in a match that was broken up with 37 fouls.

Hosts Brazil face Peru in the final on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

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