Barcelona deservedly lost their semifinal tie against Athletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia but that is making less of the news. Instead it is Lionel Messi’s face off with Portuguese youngster Joao Felix that is generating all the buzz on social media.
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.
A flurry of Barca players including Gerard Pique 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.
The match was prominent for the goals just as much as the fights that played out throughout the game. 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 gave Atletico the lead before Messi restored parity five minutes later and Griezmann put Barca ahead just before the hour mark.
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.