- Lionel Messi seemed to have escaped being sent off during Barca's loss to Sevilla
- The 33-year-old was involved in an incident with Joan Jordan in the second half
- Sevilla hold a two-goal advantage going in the Copa del Rey semi-finals at the Camp Nou
Lionel Messi could have been sent off in Barcelona's Copa del Rey defeat to Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
Jules Kounde had put the home team in the first half ahead and while Barca were still trailing by 1-0, the incident occurred midway through the second half.
Messi had nutmegged Joan Jordan and the referee called for a foul for obstructing the Barcelona captain.
The 33-year-old wanted to quickly take the free-kick as the Spanish midfielder stood in front of the ball which forced Messi to shove him off his way.
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Jordan fell to the ground clutching his face and the replay suggested Messi used his elbow to brush off his opponent's face.
However, the referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz booked the Sevilla midfielder as players were seen arguing about the incident that could have seen Messi given a straight red card.
It also looked like an exaggerated attempt by Jordan to get Messi sent off in the game. But with five minutes left in to play, Ivan Rakitic made it 2-0 to give Sevilla a two-goal cushion going into the next stage of the competition.
One fan said on social media:
"Should be a red card for Messi."
A second added:
"It's Messi again on the beat."
A third said:
"Oh and no red card for this."
Messi was sent off during the SuperCoppa final against Athletic Bilbao after he was adjudged to have elbowed Asier Villalibre.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi is on the verge of losing a second opportunity at winning a trophy this season after Sevilla take a 2-0 first leg lead over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals.
La Blaugrana were beaten in the Spanish Super Cup final last month by Athletic Bilbao and they are now on the verge of missing their second trophy within a month.
Youngster Jules Kounde showed some flashes of brilliance in the build-up to the first goal as he skipped past Samuel Umtiti before putting the ball into the back of the net in the 25th minute.