Lionel Messi clashes with Joao Felix during Barcelona's loss to Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi clashes with Joao Felix during Barcelona's loss to Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi faced-off with Portuguese youngster Joao Felix as both players had to be quickly separated during the Spanish Super Cup semi-final clash.

The Atletico Madrid attacker seemed to have complained to the Barcelona captain about something as they walked off the pitch during the break.

And things heated up as the duo had verbal exchanges and went eyeball to eyeball before player intervened in the situation.

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Gerard Pique and other players rushed in as Luis Suarez expressed his anger on the youngster to let his feelings known.

The incident then led to pushing and shoving among players before the Spanish officials waved in to calm the situation.

Felix and Jordi Alba had earlier been involved in a scuffle where the former Benfica star man was seen slapping the defender's hand away.

Koke had put Atletico in the lead before Messi restored parity five minutes later and Griezmann put Barca ahead just before the hour mark.

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Alvaro Morata's penalty leveled matters and Angel Correa got the winner as Atletico had the last laugh in the match. It is now going to be a Madrid derby in the Spanish Super Cup finals.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona would have themselves to blame on Thursday night, January 9, after allowing Atletico Madrid to beat them 3-2 in Super Cup semifinal.

Barcelona started the match impressively in the first half with Arturo Vidal getting the first chance to score, but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

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