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Claudio Bravo sent off after mistake against Barcelona

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Pep Guardiola made the surprise decision to axe Manchester City favourite Joe Hart when he rocked up at the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

The revered Catalan coach decided the English goalkeeper wasn’t good enough with the ball at his feet and subsequently raided his former club, Barcelona, for the services of Claudio Bravo.

The Chile international, 33, has looked a little unconvincing ever since signing for City - who can forget his shaky performance on his debut against Manchester United? - and ended up his costing his new club in the Champions League this evening.

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Making his first Champions League appearance at the Camp Nou - despite the fact he spent two years with Barca - Bravo was shown a straight red card for a ridiculous mistake in the second half.

The South American came rushing out of his goal and got his pass horribly wrong.

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Video: Claudio Bravo's red card

Instead of finding a teammate, he found Barcelona’s lethal forward Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international attempted to chip Bravo, who handled the ball roughly 25 yards from his goal-line.

Referee Milorad Mazic was left with not choice but to send off Bravo, who understandably looked utterly horrified.

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Most of the subsequent tweets featured the name ‘Joe Hart’ - or an amusing gif of the Englishman - here are a small selection.

And Messi gets his hat-trick

Soon after Bravo’s red card, Lionel Messi made it 2-0 to Barcelona - his second goal of the night - with an excellent finish past Willy Caballero.

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Soon after that, the Argentina international completed his hat-trick.

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Claudio Bravo
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UEFA Champions League
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