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Lionel Messi sent off in first half of Argentina’s Copa America clash with Chile

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A tangle with Gary Medel ended in an early bath

Argentina v Chile: Third Place Match - Copa America Brazil 2019 Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images

Lionel Messi’s Copa America campaign ended on a pretty sour note on Saturday after the Argentina captain was sent off in the first half of their third-place play-off against Chile.

La Albiceleste had made a good start and were leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala when Messi was given his marching orders after 37 minutes.

The Barcelona captain clashed with Chile defender Gary Medel and the referee decided to send both players off after a VAR check.

Messi was challenging Medel for the ball as it went out of play, and the 31-year-old responded by turning around and clashing with the No. 10.

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Messi’s already talked about how he’s not had the Copa America campaign he wanted and now his tournament has ended with more disappointment.