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NEXT WEDNESDAY THE PASS TO THE CHAMPIONS SEMI-FINALS WILL BE DECIDED

The Calderón will have the last word

Fernando Torres put our team ahead on 25 minutes but then Brych expelled him in the 35th and in the second half, Luis Suárez turned the match with two goals for Barcelona.

PHOTO: Ángel Gutiérrez

BARCELONA  2 – 1  ATLÉTICO DE MADRID

Barcelona:
Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Busquets (Sergi Roberto, 80’), Rakitic (Rafinha, 63’), Iniesta (Arda Turan, 83’); Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez.

Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Saúl (Correa, 90’), Koke, Carrasco (Augusto Fernández, 53’); Griezmann (Thomas, 76’) and Fernando Torres.

Referee: Félix Brych (Germany). Red for double yellow to Fernando Torres (29’ y 35’). Booked the home players Busquets (48’), Luis Suárez (70’) and Mascherano (82’); and the visiting Koke (33’), Filipe Luis (61’), Griezmann (73’), Lucas (78’), Oblak (79’) and Augusto (86’).

GOALS:

0-1.  25’. Fernando Torres scores with this right foot after a phenomenal pass from Koke.

1-1.  63’. Luis Suárez pushes to the net a drive from Jordi Alba inside the box.

2-1. 74’. Luis Suárez
heads after a cross from Alves from the right.

Atlético de Madrid took the field convinced of what they had to do on the grass of the Camp Nou. High pressure and long ball possessions to manage the game. Barcelona was surprised because it wasn't comfortable. However, the first chance for them came with a header from Neymar that went wide. The response was swift. First it was Griezmann, who brought danger to Ter Stegen with a left footed drive that went out touching the post. Then it was Torres who put our team ahead with an irrefutable right-footed shot after a brilliant pass to the gap from Koke.

Atlético’s advantage could have increased with an excellent pass from Torres to Griezmann which the Frenchman finished and Barcelona’s goalkeeper cleared to the corner. But soon afterwards, a key play arrived, as Brych decided to show the second yellow card to Torres on the 35th minute.

With 0-1 we reached the half-time, but in the second half, a play varied the course of the game. A shot from Jordi Alba found Luis Suárez to tie the match and the same Uruguayan scored the 2-1 a quarter of an hour before the end. Barcelona tried, but Atlético was spectacular in the defence. The Calderón will have the last word.

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