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Lionel Messi again lucky to avoid red card vs. Athletic Bilbao

dailystar: Lionel Messi was lucky not to pick up a red card for the second match in a row.

The Argentine superstar has been looking to lead Barcelona to a La Liga title charge.

And a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao saw them stretch a three-point lead over Real Madrid, who play Mallorca tonight.

It puts their 0-0 draw with Sevilla behind them, which was largely without incident except one with Messi.

The forward could have easily been sent off for a violent shove on Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, who has attracted attention from Liverpool.

And Messi could have received his marching orders once more against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday

With the 33-year-old, celebrating his birthday today, looking to breach the Basque outfit’s defence, Yeray managed to hook the ball away with a fine slide.

However, as he continued his run, Messi appeared to stamp on the Spaniard’s leg.

The challenge was dangerous and clumsy and could have easily seen the defender break his leg.

Yeray was left in pure agony but the referee failed to award a yellow card, let alone a red.

Messi has scored twice since the restart earlier this month, one being from the penalty spot.

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His next goal would be the 700th of his career, and though he did not manage that feat, he did rack up 250 assists after setting up Rakitic.

The Croatia international would score the only goal of the game against Athletic to give Los Cules a much-needed win.

It saw Barca leapfrog Real Madrid into first place, who had been top of goal difference.

Meanwhile, it looks likely that Arthur will be swapping life in Catalonia for Turin after a £72.5m transfer fee was agreed between Barcelona and Juventus.

However, the deal does not done yet and Miralem Pjanic could end up coming the other way.

Barcelona are keen on making funds in an attempt to land Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez.

Source”: Published by dailystar

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ossai Kingsley Collins
ossai Kingsley Collins
10 days ago

Messi should have been given a yellow card

David
David
10 days ago

Good player.

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
10 days ago

This is not fair

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
10 days ago

Good for him

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
10 days ago

what is football turning in to? polictics?

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
10 days ago

Thank God for him

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
10 days ago

The ref is not supposed to take sides

Gideon
Gideon
10 days ago

It absolutely bad for him

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
10 days ago

He’s a good playe

Abdulkadri Ayodeji
Abdulkadri Ayodeji
10 days ago

Of course he didnt get booked, its Messi, La Liga’s golden boy

Nnate Okoro Uguru
Nnate Okoro Uguru
10 days ago

Messi deserve to have been given a red card

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
10 days ago

This is not fair

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
10 days ago

Messi was lucky would have been sent off

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
10 days ago

Nice one

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
10 days ago

He deserves to be sent off

Abel Chidiebere Franklin
Abel Chidiebere Franklin
10 days ago

Good for him

Uzoh Pascal
Uzoh Pascal
10 days ago

That is wrong

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
10 days ago

Very wrong

Ezema oliver uchenna
Ezema oliver uchenna
10 days ago

Just too lucky

Ehigie Peter
Ehigie Peter
10 days ago

Messi should be very cautious..

Akeem Omobolaji
Akeem Omobolaji
10 days ago

Very difficult match

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
10 days ago

Messi should have been treated appropriately no matter who he is

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
10 days ago

Good for him

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
10 days ago

Referee should not take sides to any player

Ahmed sikirullahi Temitope
Ahmed sikirullahi Temitope
10 days ago

Messi just escaped a red card

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
10 days ago

Messi was very smart

Adisa Taiwo
Adisa Taiwo
10 days ago

Nice one

adubi oluwafemi samuel
adubi oluwafemi samuel
10 days ago

Nice update

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
10 days ago

Talent player

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
10 days ago

Hmmmmn. This life sha. I still love him

ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
ADEGOKE ADEKUNLE MICHAEL
10 days ago

Referee didn’t see it as hard tackle

Adeyemi Sunday
Adeyemi Sunday
10 days ago

world best player!!!

Mangs Benjamin David
Mangs Benjamin David
9 days ago

Good

Albert Lydia
Albert Lydia
9 days ago

Partiality I’d beginning to reign in Football

GODWIN BUDUZHI
GODWIN BUDUZHI
9 days ago

Not good

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
9 days ago

D race for d LA liga title is getting more n more interesting n messi should av been given a yellow card

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
9 days ago

They should have given Messi a yellow card

Chiemerie Nnam
Chiemerie Nnam
9 days ago

Wow, very bad

Uche chinedu
Uche chinedu
9 days ago

Messi is always a good player

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
9 days ago

Lucky enough

Chisom Charles
Chisom Charles
9 days ago

Not fair at all

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
9 days ago

No yellow card was even given. Bias game!

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
9 days ago

lucky him

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
9 days ago

FIFA son..

Raheeem mustapha abiodun
Raheeem mustapha abiodun
9 days ago

Messi Should have been sent off

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
9 days ago

they are just mocking,you are still the king.great player.

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
9 days ago

Good one for Lionel messi have a red will not news for him

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
9 days ago

Good one for Philippe coutinho have a better decision is best for

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
9 days ago

Paul pogba is a good footballer

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
9 days ago

Goat🐐 ⚽messi