ATLÉTICO DE MADRID 1 – 2 FC BARCELONA
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe; Tiago, Gabi (Vietto, min. 81), Óliver (Carrasco, min. 60'), Koke; Griezmann and Torres (Jackson, min. 62').
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Vermaelen (Mathieu, min. 28'), Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic (Messi, min. 60'), Sergio, Iniesta, Rafinha; Suárez and Neymar.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Committee of Valencia). Booked the locals Óliver (18’), Filipe Luis (43’) and Giménez (89'); and the visiting Iniesta (44’).
1-0. 52’. Torres crosses the ball in front of Ter Stegen.
1-1. 55'. Neymar from a direct free kick.
1-2. 77'. Messi beats Oblak with a lob.
First defeat of our team in the League championship. FC Barcelona won 2-1 at the Vicente Calderón. Torres scored our goal, while Neymar and Messi scored the ones of the Catalan team.
The match began with FC Barcelona controlling the ball. Our team tried to counterattack, but the defence of Barcelona’s team was confident. The team of Luis Enrique had two very clear chances. In the first one, Oblak sent to the corner a shot from Rakitic. In the second one, Suárez crashed the ball into the crossbar. Torres had our team’s clearest chance in the first half, but his shot touched the crossbar and went out.
The second half began with our team pressuring the exit of Barcelona’s ball. On minute 52, Torres beat Ter Stegen with a low shot, taking advantage of a great pass from Tiago. Just three minutes later, Neymar tied the match with a direct free kick. Leo Messi turned the scoreboard around with an assistance from Suárez on 77 minutes. Simeone’s team tried until the last minute, but the end result did not change.