Matchday LIVE: Atlético vs. Barcelona

Follow the action from what promises to be a special evening at the Calderón

Semi-final place at stake (UEFA)

Semi-final place at stake (UEFA)

The nervous wait is finally over for Atlético Madrid fans, as they look to overturn a first leg defeat against Barcelona this evening and roar their team into the Champions League semi-finals.

Fernando Torres’ away goal last week gives us hope of a comeback against the holders, who take a 2-1 lead to the Vicente Calderón as they attempt to defend their crown.

Replacing the suspended Torres in attack this evening is Yannick Carrasco, with Simeone opting for a four man midfield in his bid to beat the Blaugrana for the first time since the quarter-final in 2014.

You can prepare for the match by reading our Match Preview.

Starting XIs

Atlético: Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Lucas, Filipe; Gabi, Augusto, Koke, Saúl; Carrasco, Griezmann

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Neymar, Messi, Suárez

  • Koke

    Looks like it’ll be the old midfield quartet again. I guess Barcelona is one of the only teams where that tactic/formation makes perfect sense. But if we’re finding ourselves in need of a goal or two Cholo should bring on Thomas and Correa… those two are capable of changing things single handedly. I still remember Thomas vs Levante and Rayo, and Correa vs Rayo, Celta, Real Madrid, etc…

  • Koke

    What an incredible goal. Perfect cross and header. We’ve been the better team so far, and we’re halfway there although it’ll be a huge half…

  • Abdil Egriøz

    We’re absolutely dominating this match (so far) but still a long way to go. Loving the cyniscm from Godin and Lucas, showing no mercy to msn and you can just see how concentrated the boys are. I have somehow managed to get a semi hoarse voice and I expect to lose my voice at the end of this match as we go through! Aupa Ateti!

  • atleti10

    We need an outlet to relieve the pressure. I think vietto for carrasco.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    ATLETI <3

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  • Abdil Egriøz

    We needed everything to be with us in order to qualify and it did indeed happen. Gabi whom I’ve criticized for his slowness, played the game of his life (Especially that vital clearance). Griezmann who prior to this match hadn’t scored agaisnt barca for us, netted 2 goals. Most importantly, the decision at the end of the match which seemed to be a penalty to barca wasn’t given by the ref. However many barca players deserved red cards if not more yellow cards which wasn’t given as well but taking both legs into consideration it seems pretty fair to me, that we are through to the semi’s! Let’s go all the way this year and let both Gabi and Torres lift the champions league trophy to the air!

  • Kris

    Yes, we needed both luck and grit to win the tie, and we did. Although man, Iniesta should have definitely been sent off for that hand ball, a clear goalscoring opportunity, and an INTENTIONAL handball. Barcelona were also lucky to not have conceded in at least two occasions, but this is football. We won today because of our game plan and willingness to win, more than because of luck.

    Also, we had all 11 players throughout the match, which it seems is important in beating any opposition.

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Red card or not, penalty or not that should be the least of our worries now. We have just beaten the best team in the world and qualified to the semi-finals and as you say, our players deserved the credit for that. I just know that I’ll be sleeping like a baby tonight!