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GODÍN TIED RAFINHA’S GOAL BUT MESSI DECIDED IN THE FINAL STRETCH

Defeat against Barcelona at the Calderón

Ter Stegen saved Barcelona in the first half with three good interventions and the goals came in the second half. Rafinha opened the scoreboard, Godín tied and Messi decided on 87’.

PHOTO: Ángel Gutiérrez

ATLÉTICO  1 – 2  BARCELONA


Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis; Saúl, Gabi, Koke, Carrasco (Fernando Torres, 68’); Griezmann and Gameiro (Correa, 72’).


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto (André Gomes, 85’), Piqué, Umtiti, Mathieu (Digne, 77’); Busquets, Iniesta (Rakitic, 71’), Rafinha; Messi, Neymar and Suárez.


Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Committee from Valencia). Booked the home players Saúl (56’), Savic (65’), Gabi (73’) and Correa (74’); and the visiting Busquets (55’) and Messi (82’).


GOALS:

0-1.  64’. Rafinha receives a ball in the box and crosses to the far post.

1-1. 70’. Godín heads the ball in the near post a corner kicked by Koke.

1-2.  87’. Messi, inside the box, scores after a clearance.

Intense and matched game between Atlético and Barcelona since kick-off. Ter Stegen had to intervene three times: twice to shots from Griezmann, and once to a finish by Gabi. For the rival, Oblak made a great save to Messi's free-kick in the final stretch of the first half.

After the half-time, Griezmann and Gabi once again tested the reflexes of Barcelona’s German keeper but the one to open the score was Luis Enrique’s team with a goal by Rafinha. Nevertheless, our team responded quickly with Godín's headed goal to Koke's corner kick. But, in the final stretch, Messi scored the final 1-2.