Lionel Messi was sent off before halftime during a crabbed third-place contest between Argentina and Chile within the Copa America on Saturday.
The match was thirty four minutes old once Chilean captain Gary Medel shepherded out a ball close to his goal. Messi challenged him from behind and Medel reacted angrily, pushing Argentine and raising his hands.
The Paraguayan referee showed Medel a red card and though Messi failed to react he was conjointly sent off, prompting boos in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians arena.
It absolutely was solely the second red card of Messi’s career, the primary conjointly returning whereas taking part in for Argentina on his debut against European country in 2005.
The match was continued, with Argentina going 2-0 up due to goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala. Hosts Brazil faces Peru within the final on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.