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Football: Messi sees red as Bilbao stun Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup

Monday, 2021-01-18 09:58:25
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks dejected after Athletic Bilbao's Asier Villalibre scores their second goal in the Spanish Super Cup final at Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, on Jan 17, 2021. (Reuters)
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Lionel Messi was sent off for the first time playing for Barcelona as Athletic Bilbao stunned the Catalans to win the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday (Jan 17), a dramatic final finishing 3-2 after extra time.

* Manchester United maintained their three-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League but were denied a famous win at Anfield by Alisson Becker's heroics in a 0-0 draw on Sunday (Jan 17).

* Tottenham Hotspur's record signing Tanguy Ndombele conjured a moment of magic to seal his side's 3-1 victory at the Premier League's bottom club Sheffield United on Sunday.

* Manchester City steamed into second place in the Premier League with defender John Stones scoring an unlikely double in a 4-0 demolition of visiting Crystal Palace on Sunday (Jan 17).

* Lille's Jonathan David struck late to secure a 2-1 home victory against Stade de Reims as they kept up with Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain on Sunday. Canada striker David netted a minute into stoppage time to put Lille on 42 points from 20 games, behind PSG who beat Angers 1-0 away on Saturday, on goal difference.

* Amsterdam giants Ajax beat bitter-rivals Feyenoord 1-0 on Sunday (Jan 17) to stay top of the Dutch league in hotly-contested game in an empty Johan Cruyff Arena.

* Real Madrid loanee Luka Jovic came off the bench to score twice in his first game back at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday (Jan 17) to seal their 3-1 win over bottom side Schalke in the Bundesliga.

* Thomas Mueller set up one goal and scored a second-half winner as Bayern Munich struggled past Freiburg 2-1 on Sunday (Jan 17) to snap their opponents' five-game winning run and extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to four points.

* Inter Milan's Nicolo Barella scored one goal and set up another to help secure a 2-0 ‘Derby of Italy’ victory over champions Juventus and send his side joint-top of Serie A while putting a major dent in the Turin side's title hopes.

* Reigning Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marin has bolstered her chances of defending in Tokyo later this year after claiming the Thailand Open in Bangkok on Sunday (Jan 17) over top seed Tai Tzu-ying.

* Fenerbahce are signing 32-year-old German midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is set to end his eight-year spell at Premier League side Arsenal, the Turkish club announced on Sunday (Jan 17).

* Defensive standout Becky Sauerbrunn was named captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team on Sunday, taking over the role shared most recently by Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.