Lionel Messi was sent off in the first half of the third place match against Chile in the 2019 Copa America in Corinthians on Saturday.
Argentina led the Chileans 2-0 in the first half, with goals by Sergio Aguero in the 12th minute and Paulo Dybala ten minutes later.
But the captain, Messi, saw red in the 38th minute, along with Chile’s Gary Medel, after a fight broke out.
Referee Mario Diaz de Vivar from Paraguay did not hesitate to send Messi off for ‘unsportsman-like behaviour.”
The Albiceleste held on for the victory in Messi’s absence to end the game 2-1, after Arturo Vidal converted a penalty to pull one back for Chile.
According to Goal.com, the red card was Messi’s second in his international career. He got the first red card in 2005, on his debut for the national team.