Fans feared for Lionel Messi after the Barcelona maestro was the sufferer of tough remedy from Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros, who was handed a straight red card for a lunge in the groups’ La Liga encounter.
With hosts Villarreal 2-1 down and chasing the recreation, Trigueros took his urgency too far as he went in on Messi in an try to win the ball in the 66th minute.
After initially making contact and flicking the ball away from the Barcelona quantity 10, Trigueros adopted via with his leg prolonged, making contact with Messi’s decrease shin.
While there could have been no malicious intent from the Villarreal man, the motion undoubtedly imperiled Messi and Trigueros was handed his marching orders by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande
After remedy, Messi was in a position to mud himself down and carry on as the hosts had been pressured to play the the rest of the recreation with 10 males at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Fans on-line feared that Messi was being focused for the form of tough remedy he can usually be subjected to as Barcelona’s important hazard man – with some claiming the rash problem might have ended the 33-year-old star’s season.
“Messi has now taken a whack to the face and a potential leg-breaking tackle – and that’s just in the last five minutes!” mentioned one Twitter account.
“Yet he just gets up and carries on. Please don’t tell me he couldn’t handle the ‘physicality’ elsewhere.”
Another merely added: “What a dangerous tackle.”
Messi has now taken a whack to the face and a possible leg-breaking sort out – and that’s simply in the final 5 minutes! Yet he simply will get up and carries on. Please don’t inform me he couldn’t deal with the “physicality” elsewhere.
— TalkFCB © (@talkfcb_) April 25, 2021
Messi was once more the goal lower than 10 minutes later when he was shoved by Villarreal’s Pau Torres after beating his man down the proper and dangerously bearing down on the penalty field. Pau was handed a yellow for that infringement.
Earlier in the match, Villarreal had taken the lead via Nigerian teenager Samuel Chukwueze in the 26th minute as he latched onto a go to spherical Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and end from a good angle.
Bidding to maintain tempo with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, Barcelona bounced again nearly instantly with a quick-fire double via French ahead Antoine Griezmann to place them 2-1 forward.
Despite the opposition being right down to 10 males for a lot of the second half, Barca did not make the further man rely however nonetheless picked up a vital three factors.
That moved Ronald Koeman’s males degree on 71 factors with Real Madrid in the desk, simply two factors behind leaders Atletico.
Barca and Atleti have each performed 32 video games whereas Zinedine Zidane’s defending champions have performed another.
Perhaps simply importantly for Barcelona and their title problem, talisman Messi emerged unscathed from what might have been a dangerous 90 minutes for the Argentine star.