Lionel Messi gets controversial red card but Argentina beat Chile

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Lionel Messi was sent off after 37 minutes of Argentina's Copa America clash with Chile for his part in an altercation with Besiktas defender Gary Medel.

Argentina had led 2-0 at the time of the incident, with Sergio Aguero and Pablo Dybala scoring for them, the former benefiting from a Messi assist.

Paulo Dybala made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute after he chipped the on rushing goalkeeper from a lovely through ball from Giovanni Lo Celso to double the advantage.

Messi was chasing down Medel to his own and line and gave the Chilean veteran a shove to the back as both went out of bounds and the ball went out of play.

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The game then erupted in controversy on 36 minutes when both Messi and Medel were shown the red card after a VAR check following an encounter between the pair.

Argentina finished third following win over La Roja as Brazil will take on Peru in the finals on Sunday, July 6, at the Maracana.

Tempers flared throughout the first half of the third place playoff and Medel retaliated following a challenge from Messi by appearing to aim a headbutt before repeatedly pushing his chest into the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's body.

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