La Liga giants Barcelona secured their first win of the season against Real Betis as Antoine Griezmann scored twice to give Barcelona the upper hand. Messi-less Barcelona heaved a sigh of relief after beating Real Betis 5-2, as they were already under pressure after losing their first game against Athletic Bilbao. The win also cut slack on Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde as he was touted to have been over dependant on Lionel Messi for getting Barcelona across the line. Barcelona played against Real Betis with both star strikers Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez sitting in the stands.
Barcelona maintained the upper hand throughout the game with Antoine Griezmann putting the ball through the nets twice for the La Liga giants. As Barcelona played Real Betis, Lionel Messi along with son Mateo and teammate Luiz Suarez were watching the game from the stands. Lionel Messi's son, Mateo, who is spotted sitting on Mess's lap was seen cheering for Real Betis as Nabil Fekir scored the opener for his team. Luiz Suarez, who was sitting next to Mateo, was quick to point out to young Mateo that he was cheering for the opponent scoring a goal and not his father's team. The video of Mateo cheering for Real Betis as soon as the goal was scored as gone viral on social media. See the video here:
Among the Messrs Messi, Mateo is the messer pic.twitter.com/3vfMKJeHNp— Des Norris (@PartidoPooper) August 27, 2019
Soccer body CONMEBOL suspended Lionel Messi from international matches for three months because of accusations of corruption he made at the latest Copa America. The South American body also said Friday that it fined the superstar in USD 50,000 for his comments after Argentina's 2-1 win against Chile in the third-place playoff of the tournament in July. Lionel Messi and Argentina can still appeal the decision, which stops the striker from playing in four friendlies this year. The 32-year-old will not play for Argentina matches in September against Chile and Mexico, plus another two in October versus Germany and another adversary to be picked. Neither Lionel Messi nor Argentina's soccer association has made comments about CONMEBOL's decision. Lionel Messi is already suspended from the first match of the South American World Cup qualifiers next March because of the apparently undeserved red card he received against Chile.