Lionel Messi was left to rue a series of “childish mistakes” in Jeddah as his Barcelona side crashed out of the Supercopa at the hands of Atletico Madrid .
In the first-ever playing of the new-look competition in Saudi Arabia, Barca went behind to a goal from Koke seconds after the game restarted after half time.
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The Catalans rallied, with Messi and Antoine Griezmann – scoring his first goal against his former employers – turning the tables and Barca also seeing two goals disallowed via VAR.
Alvaro Morata then restored parity to 2-2 from the penalty spot, and Atleti were unlucky not to receive another spot-kick in a frantic finale before Angel Correa scored the decisive goal four minutes from the end.
Atletico go on to face rivals Real Madrid in the final on Sunday while Barca prepare for an early flight home, to the evident displeasure of their captain.