Barcelona defeats Atletico Madrid and is the new leader of the Spanish Championship
Barcelona conquered the leadership of the La Liga. Saturday (30), at the Camp Nou, Barca beat Atletico Madrid by 2-1, with goals from Messi and Suarez, and was consecrated as the new leader of the League. The team’s next challenge will be in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, against Valencia.
First half –
The game had a tense start at the Camp Nou. In the second minute, Saul, from Atletico, risked a bomb from outside the area that scared the culé crowd, but Bravo saved them. Barcelona was extremely marked in the field and could not attack. Nine minutes, after much pressure, Atletico attempts an attack through the right and the ball gets left at the feet of Koke, opening the score in the Camp Nou.
After the opponent's goal, Barca decided to take the field and attack more. However, Atletico did not let the game get easy. At 19, Augusto Fernández received on the edge of the area and risked a kick, but for the luck of the blaugrana fans, the ball came out.
Responding to attacks, after 25 minutes, Neymar Jr. invaded the area, made the pass to Alba, who just rolled for Messi to kick the goal. Barcelona tied it at the Camp Nou. Atletico tried to keep up the pressure, but failed. At 38, Daniel Alves did an amazing cross to Suarez, who held the ball up just to find a space and then kick to score for Barcelona.
At the end of the first half, faults began to take the field. Filipe Luis, for taking a stomp on Messi’s knee, was expelled. No extra time, the judge ended the first part of the game.
Second half –
Both teams started with good chances. After just 10 minutes, Carrasco, on the right, crosses for Griezman, kicking for the goal, but Bravo saved the culé team. The game remained difficult in the second half and the climate was warming up. After 20 minutes, the second Athletic defender, Godín, was thrown out, making it difficult for the team.
At 22, on a free kick, Messi took a direct shot to the goal, but Oblak prevented it. Arda Turan, on 33, following a pass from Busquets, could have scored his, but the ball went out the bottom line. With two players less, Atletico Madrid suffered attack after attack in their área.
In the last minutes, the crowd demanded more goals and Barça tried with everything they had to make one more. Despite the pressure, Barça failed to score more, but left the field as the new leader of the Spanish Championship.