Lionel Messi and Gary Medel both sent off after Copa America altercation

Lionel Messi and Gary Medel both sent off after Copa America altercation

Lionel Messi's Copa America ended on a farcical note as the Argentina striker was sent off following a weird clash with Chile defender Gary Medel.

The Albiceleste got their noses in front as the Chileans were caught off guard from a set piece quickly taken by Lionel Messi to Sergio Aguero.

The 32-year-old was furious after Argentina's previous game - a 2-0 semi-final defeat to Brazil - for what he perceived to be poor refereeing decisions, branding the officiating "bull****".

But Messi was shown a red following a clash with Gary Medel, which also saw the Chile player dismissed.

With Chile talisman Alexis Sanchez then forced off with a hamstring injury, Argentina struck again on 22 minutes through Juventus midfielder Pablo Dybala who beat Chile keeper Gabriel Arias with an exquisite lob from an acute angle.

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Lionel Messi has had a Copa America to forget.

It looks like the referee assumed both players were going for each other, which wasn't the case at all judging by the footage.

This is the second time Messi will be sent off in his career.

Chile would score as the referee would use VAR to award them a penalty kick.

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