Francis Coquelin Invented A New Method To Stop Lionel Messi
How to stop Lionel Messi?!
Is there a harder task in world football?
Well, last night, ex-Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin had the unenviable duty of marking the Barcelona ace during Valencia's Copa dey Rey semi-final second leg.
And the Frenchman resorted to an unconventional method to stop him in his tracks.
Forget sticking to him like glue or sitting back, Coquelin literally stripped him of his shirt, pulling it over his head.
We are not shitting you. This actually happened.
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What's crazier, a free kick was NOT awarded to Barcelona. WHAT?!
Needless to say, Coquelin's tactics sent social media into meltdown:
Coquelin taking "stripping Messi" to a new level.
No foul given. pic.twitter.com/8DcfvDxj4I
- Juan (@socraticjuan) February 8, 2018
#CopaBarça 'Coquelin practically took Messi shirt off and no yellow card from the referee. The referee must be joking. pic.twitter.com/FoC0AQLuOL
- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) February 8, 2018
Coquelin wanted to know if messi was alien or human pic.twitter.com/Lt4Vwb8ztm
- Hamzah Bhuta (@Hamzah_Bhuta_18) February 8, 2018
Image: Messi's shirt being pulled over his head by Coquelin #fcblive pic.twitter.com/I4EEsfrgTk
- Barcastuff (@barcastuff__) February 8, 2018
Lol Coquelin literally taking Messi's top off during a challenge.
- Dezil Dez (@DezilDezz) February 8, 2018
Messi's shirt pulled practically over his head by Coquelin, no free-kick
- SPORT English (@Sport_EN) February 8, 2018
While Messi didn't find the back of the net, January signing Philippe Coutinho opened his Barcelona account scoring four minutes after entering the fray thanks to a sublime assist from Luis Suarez.
He then created Ivan Rakitic's goal who put the tie to bed, sending Barcelona into a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final.
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