Lionel Messi's spectacular free kick in the first half was the difference in the Camp Nou. Our side gave it their all, defended heroically and created chances, but couldn't score the equalizer.
In the first half, Barcelona took control of the match and dominated possession. However, José María Giménez and Diego Godín shut down the Catalan side's attacks. Barcelona scored the only goal of the match in the 26th minute. Messi's free kick was unstoppable and went in the top corner.
In the second 45 minutes, Atleti took control of the match and began to feel comfortable in the Camp Nou. Ángel Correa, who came on in 59th minute, revolutionized our attack. Our best chance of the match came in the final stretch of the match. Diego Costa left the ball for Kevin Gameiro, who ended up scoring the equalizer. However, the play didn't count due to Costa being offside in the buildup play.
Our next match will be this Thursday, 8 March, against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Wanda Metropolitano.
BARCELONA 1 – 0 ATLÉTICO
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Coutinho (Paulinho, 84’), Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta (André Gomes, 35’); Messi and Luis Suárez.
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Vrsaljko (Correa, 59’), Giménez, Godín, Filipe Luis (Lucas, 75’); Saúl, Thomas, Gabi (Gameiro, 66’), Koke; Griezmann and Diego Costa.