Lionel Messi shoves Sevilla defender to the ground in bust-up as Barcelona fail to win

Lionel Messi had a moment of anger in Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla

Lionel Messi escaped punishment after seeing red in Barcelona‘s 0-0 draw with Seville on Friday night. Messi showed his frustration at one point in the game as he shoved Diego Carlos to the ground in a moment of madness as he reacted to a foul, but neither player was booked for the incident.

Messi lost his cool as Barcelona slipped up in the La Liga title race.

The Catalans went into the game with the chance to go five points clear of second-placed Real Madrid.

However, after a frustrating night at the empty Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, they find themselves just three points and a game ahead.

The frustration of failing to break through the Seville defence clearly got to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, as he vented his anger after a foul late in the first-half.After Arsenal transfer target Carlos swiped at his legs, Messi was sent crumbling to the floor, and leapt straight back to his feet to square up to the defender.

The man considered by many to be the best player of all time then shoved Carlos in the chest, with the Brazilian taking a dramatic and delayed fall to the ground in reaction.

This led to a heated exchange between Sevilla and Barcelona players, with the referee eventually splitting things up.

Messi and Carlos both escaped the scuffle without being shown a card, but things didn’t get any better for the La Liga leaders as they failed to break down the Sevilla defence and find a goal that would have won them the game.

Real Madrid now have the chance to leapfrog them in the table as they face Real Sociedad on Sunday, provided they win by three goals.

Despite leading the table, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique declared after the game that the title race was over, because he felt Madrid will win all their remaining games.

He said: “It’s going to be very difficult to win La Liga now it’s not in out hands.

“I think very few points will be dropped, but we’re going to try.

“I have seen what’s happened in these two game weeks and it’s going to be difficult for Madrid to drop points.”

However, Barca boss Quique Setien downplayed Pique’s comments, and insisted that they had everything to play for.

“It’s the frustration of the moment,” he said in response to the Spanish defender.

“Above all because in the first half we were very good. Maybe the sensations aren’t positive right now, but I’m sure he will see it differently tomorrow.

“I don’t think Madrid are going to win all their game.


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