Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Match Report
Barcelona vs Atletico have always given the football fans the most thrilling,spine chilling experience.Today’s match also showed that.Spanish giants Barcelona visited Wanda Metropolitano with the unbeaten streak and bags of confidence but matches like these are always tough to predict.
The late equaliser by Luis Suarez snatched the all important one point for the visitors.Barcelona’s unbeaten run against Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone in LaLiga continued.
The match started with high intensity with Lionel Messi came so close to score the opener only to be denied by important block by Madrid defenders.Barcelona showed their dominance in the early miniutes by pressing high and keeeping the ball in the Atletico penalty box area.
Iniesta gets in a shot on goal but his effort saved by Oblak easily.But after the first ten miniutes Atletico began to show more composure in their attack and attacked the heart of Barca defence with great pace and intensity.Atletico had their first chance as their star man Antoie Griezmann shot inside the box but saved by the brilliant Ter Stegen.Griezmann again showed his ability with the ball by beating Pique with his trickery with a quick fire shot only to be denied by the German keeper again.Atletico started to dominate the midfield as Barca’s attacking players losing the ball quickly against the high pressing.
In 14 th miniute Atletico skipper was given yellow for foul against Leo Messi.But in 21 st miniute Saul Niguez’s stylish first-time strike gave Atletico the lead.
It seemed to be a victory for the hosts over a Barca team that had won its first seven matches this term. Atletico then started to do what they do best sitback and fill up the pocket of spaces and wait for the lethal counter attack.Barca regained the dominance in Midfield as Atletico is now rarely trying to attack the Barca defence.
But Barca attacks didn’t penitrate that much as every Atlectico player marked their main threats.
Barca showed their dominance with much more ball possession but without any goal scoring oppurtunity as Luiz Suarez and Leo Messi was the subject of some serious tight marking by the A tletico defenders.
Messi and Suarez’s shots were blocked by Atletico defenders keeping them fustrated for the first half.
Things were going pretty smooth for Diego Simieone’s side as they ended the fist half with the clean sheet. In half time the score was 1-0 in the favour for Atletico.
Atletico started the seccond half with Carrasco’s shot being saved by Ter-Stegen.But in the meantime Barca started to create some spaces for the forwards as Leo Messi and Suarez both came very close to scoring.Suarez’s driven low shot was saved by Oblak and Leo Messi’s curling free kick hit the post in in 57 th miniute.
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde now bringing up his substitutions by replacing Iniesta with Deulofeu and Semedo with Sergi Roberto.
Now Barcelona totally started to dominate the match as Atletico started to sit back.But all of their attacks lacked the final edge.
Finally in the 81st minute Luis Suarez equalized with his header from the cross of Roberto to make it all square for the visitors.The league leaders then continued to thrive for three points as Suarez again turned and his shot was just wide and Leo Messi’s free kick was saved Oblak. Atletico held firm to ensure Ernesto Valverde’s men fail to win in LaLiga for the first time this season. Their advantage over Real Madrid stands at five points.
Despite the result Barcelona showed some great sign of intensity in the second half to secure the important point.Barcelona’s unbeaten run against Atletico Madrid and Diego Simeone in LaLiga continued.
The key factor for Barcelona will be Suarez as he returned to his goal scoring touch.Luis Suarez has scored six goals in his last eight games against Atletico in all competitions. Atlectico now six points behind Barca and stand third in the table.
On target: 4-8
Yellow cards: 3-2
Red cards: 0-0