Home SPORTS Barcelona 3-0 Roma: Lionel Messi in altercation with Roma defender – Photos

    Barcelona 3-0 Roma: Lionel Messi in altercation with Roma defender – Photos

    ionel Messi was involved in a fiery altercation with Roma defender Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa as Barcelona won 3-0 in their Gamper Trophy clash on Wednesday night.

    Despite it being a pre-season friendly, the pair got into a heated exchange during the first-half at the Nou Camp after Yanga-M’Biwa leant his head in towards Messi and the Barcelona star retaliated by thrusting his own head at the Frenchman before making to grab his throat.

    Both could easily have been sent off, but the referee decided to show leniency and only book the pair of them.

    Neymar had earlier given Barcelona the lead on his return, while Messi doubled it just before half-time. Ivan Rakitic then added a third midway through the second half to secure a comfortable victory.

    Brazil star Neymar and Argentina’s Messi had both returned late to training following their Copa America exertions, but looked in impressive form ahead of Barcelona’s European Super Cup tie with Sevilla next Tuesday.

    The chemistry that saw them, along with Luis Suarez, hit 122 goals in Barca’s treble success last season was evident from the start.

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    Yanga-Mbiwa (left) is grabbed by Messi

    A deep Messi cross was knocked by Jeremy Mathieu into the stride of Neymar, who opened the scoring from close range after 25 minutes.

    Neymar then set up Messi, who drove the ball home from the edge of the area after 40 minutes.

    The pair were among the players taken off after an hour before Rakitic hit a powerful drive into the top corner from 30 yards to wrap up the scoring after 65 minutes.

    “The aim is to keep on the same lines as we were at the end of last season,” said Rakitic after the game.

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