07 Jul Lionel Messi delivered in Argentina’s Copa America battle with Chile following Gary Medel headbutt
Argentina’s refereeing grievances at Brazil were given new impetus on Saturday following their captain had been sent off and all the fiery Pitbull
Lionel Messi’s Copa America campaign completed only over 45 minutes early on Saturday following the Argentina captain was sent off together with Chile’s Gary Medel from the third-place play-off.
Messi and Argentina came flying out of the blocks in Arena Corinthians, after tasting removal in controversial circumstances at the hands of Brazil on Tuesday.
After only 12 moments that the Albiceleste went forward, Sergio Aguero switching past Gabriel Arias from the Chile internet after latching on into some dazzling quickly taken free-kick in the Barcelona wizard.
Injury to Alexis Sanchez along with a target for Paulo Dybala resisted the Roja’s woes, locating themselves 2-0 behind following hardly 20 minutes.
However, equally teams were shortly to be decreased 10 guys as anxieties in Sao Paulo boiled over.
An apparently benign scuffle involving Messi and famously bad-tempered Chile hardman’Pitbull’ Medel rapidly escalated into a full-on brawl to the conclusion of this first half.
And while Leo definitely helped provoke his competitor by hammering and harrying him beyond his own goal-line, the Argentina captain was mostly motionless when Medel came back projecting his shoulders and forehead back to his adversary’s individual.
Referee Mario Diaz, nevertheless, deemed both parties equally accountable for the battle, lifting his red card sparking additional protests that involved nearly every participant on the pitch.
There was short uncertainty over if Messi’s punishment could be downgraded to a yellowish upon inspection from VAR; the conclusion came, however, along with the priest let slide a wry laugh because he uttered the pitch.
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Messi’s expulsion will just further enhance Argentine suspicions they have been given a raw deal by officials in this Copa America.
From the Brazil battle the Albiceleste were abandoned handed after referee Roddy Zambrano diminished to check VAR over two strong penalty appeals, one of which led straight to Roberto Firmino’s aim to put the hosts 2-0 up.
The Argentine FA then filed a formal complaint within the standard of refereeing, whilst trainer Lionel Scaloni whined his team had played against”eight guys in black” and the Brazil team and partisan home crowd.