Copa del Rey: Barcelona 1 – 1 Atlético

Catalans survive Atleti onslaught in semi-final thriller at the Camp Nou

Gameiro missed a second half penalty

Gameiro missed a second half penalty

Atlético Madrid came within touching distance of the Copa deal Rey final at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, but ultimately came up short in a controversial encounter.

Kevin Gameiro’s goal was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw on the night, after he had earlier missed a penalty and compatriot Antoine Griezmann had a goal wrongly chalked out for offside.

Sergei Roberto, Yannick Carrasco and Luis Suárez were also sent off in a topsy turvy match.

Barcelona entered the final of the Copa del Rey after what seemed like a very intriguing contest between the two Spanish sides.

The Catalans were forced on the defensive right from the get go with Atlético dominating the possession and shots in the first half until Barcelona attacked on the break and Luis Suarez scoring from a rebound shot from Messi.

A match that perhaps had everything a football fan would’ve hoped for, high intensity drama, red cards, goals and penalty. Atleti were on the offensive right from the beginning of the second half as well, soon a fantastic display of teamwork had Antoine Griezmann score a beauty only to be wrongly disallowed as offside.

This came just after Sergi Roberto’s second yellow leading to his departure. The Catalans were now down to ten men against an Atlético Madrid side which were resilient and resolved to win against all odds but had a mountain to climb being down on aggregate.

Yannick Carrasco was sent off after he was shown the second yellow card for a foul on Arda Turan who had the ball before Carrasco got to it. Barça looked firmly in the driving seat as ten minutes later, Lionel Messi’s free kick, which was a screamer from a distance hit off the bar of Moyà’s goal.

On the 80th minute, Pique was called for a foul for tripping Kevin Gamiero and this made way for a penalty at a crucial stage in the match. However, Cillesen – the ever so confident Holland ‘keeper made sure Gamiero didn’t find the back of the net as he hit it over the bar.

Three minutes later a lovely ball from Koke had Antoine Griezmann in position who squared the ball for Gameiro to score a late goal to ensure Atleti stayed in the match right till the end.

Barcelona were holding on till added time, when Suárez made a clumsy challenge to get a red and miss the final. It was too little too late though, as Barcelona went through on aggregate (3-2) over an Atlético Madrid side who’s only hope seemed to be the Copa del Rey.

However, the red and whites can be proud of their performance over the two legs and take encouragement into the Champions League which gets back underway in a few weeks.

Player ratings: Moyà 6, Juanfran 6, Godín 7, Savic 6, Filipe 6, Koke 7 (MOTM), Saúl 6, Carrasco 5, Gaitán 6, Griezmann 7, Torres 6. Subs: Correa 6, Lucas 6, Gameiro 6


  • STALKER

    Simeone should start with this XI from now on.

    Correa-Gameiro-Griezmann
    Carrasco-Koke-Thomas-Gaitan
    Savic-Godin-Lucas
    Moya

  • STALKER

    Unless he is a coward.

  • Roberto

    In Spain trophies must be won by real madrid or barca by law. The referees ar the final part of this system chain. If unfair tv contracts preferring real and barca massively towards all the others, especially towards the challengers like atleti and sevilla – if unfair bank loans, which are given from bad spanish banks to barca and real madrid only, to finance the world stars, secured by the citizens of the richer european countries like austria germany and the netherlands – does not help, the referee closes the deal for the big 2. I do not know the hidden agenda, but it is so obvious and its the case for decades. La loga for atletico in 2014 was just an incident.

  • STALKER

    Simeone is holding back. He does have the players.

  • It’s all well and good complaining that the referees are fixed in favour of Barcelona… But let’s not forget that the referee awarded us a penalty and sent off 2 of their players… Why would he do that if it was fixed???

  • STALKER

    It wasn’t fixed. Simeone didn’t have a stronger lineup. He should’ve went full offensive.

  • Zinni DUDU

    With this linup we will be even counterattacked by Sporting Gijon

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well he could have subbed Carrasco for Gameiro and let Torres Gameiro Griezmann und Correa play together

  • Zinni DUDU

    I think subbing of Torres for Gameiro was a mistake. Barca was not even able to play the ball out of theire half. We could have played with Gameiro Torres Griezmann and Correa to use our combined striking force. Carrasco made yesterday maybe his worst game so far, so I do not understand Cholo decision to take out an inform Torres.

  • STALKER

    Okay, how about this?

    Correa-Griezmann
    Carrasco-Koke-Thomas-Gaitan
    Filipe-Lucas-Godin-Vrsaljko
    Moya

  • Zinni DUDU

    Well much better. But would still prefer Gabi and Koke together with Correa Torres and Griezmann upfront. Carrasco has not been verry good in the last few games. For me Torres has to start every important game, because he can hold up the ball very well and his movement is still very good. I am sure that he will play a much better second half of the season, when Cholo brings him regulary

  • Vagabond Messi

    Yes, he could’ve bullied Barca’s smurfs in second half. It was nice to see Correa impressing everyone (hopefully Simeone too) again.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Big clubs get favour everywhere , even in cl. We can’t ignore partd that goes for well and talk only that went against us.

  • Koke

    I don’t think the ref was fixed, but the majority of the decisions were in favor of Barcelona. The penalty might have been questionable, but ruling out a legit goal and then giving a penalty is NOT a fair trade. Certain goal >>>>> Penalty kick.

    Plus, the red cards weren’t any more harsh than many of the red cards we’ve gotten in the past against Barca. Plus, in recent history, Neymar and Suarez each deserved like 3 red cards in the last year alone against us. Plus Iniesta in last year’s CL after his impressive goalie save. Doesn’t make sense to focus too much on referees, but if we do, they definitely helped Barca more.