La Liga: Atlético 1 – 2 Barcelona

Barcelona come from behind to take all three points at the Calderón

Messi scores after coming off of the bench against Atlético

Messi scores after coming off of the bench against Atlético

Atlético Madrid fell to a 2-1 defeat against champions Barcelona on Saturday evening as they were once again undone by Lionel Messi at the Vicente Calderón.

Messi has more goals against Atlético than against any other side, and he scored the one that mattered after coming off of the bench to hand Barcelona all three points in Atleti’s first defeat of the season.

Los Rojiblancos had taken the lead shortly after half-time, when Fernando Torres latched on to the end of a through ball from Tiago.

The Spaniard raced away from the Barcelona defence before slotting the ball into the back of the net after some help from the goalpost.

Atlético’s lead didn’t last long, as it was Neymar who levelled things up shortly after with a perfectly executed free-kick. It was Antoine Griezmann who was deemed to have fouled the Brazilian.

Oblak can’t take any blame for failing to stop the set-piece – it flew precisely into the top right hand corner of the goalkeeper’s net.

Lionel Messi, after not training for Barcelona this week, entered the game on the hour mark and was the difference in the end.

After Gabi and Griezmann failed to control a loose ball on the edge of the Atlético area, Jordi Alba played a through ball to Messi.

The Argentine played a one-to with Luis Suarez before slotting the ball past Oblak into the back of the net.

The final goal of the evening but there perhaps should have been a lot more.

There were no fewer than four strong penalty claims throughout the match, all could have been given for handball.

José Giménez was at fault for the first two, first handling a Rakitic cross in the third minute before getting his hands on a Neymar shot half an hour later.

He didn’t intentionally handle the ball, so the referee waved play on both times.

In the same penalty area, it was Atlético who had the next penalty shout. Fernando Torres controlled the ball and tried a reverse pass into the box, only for Mascherano to catch the ball with his trailing arm.

Again the referee denied the penalty claims.

With the scores level, Barcelona had their third penalty shout of the evening turned down, after a Neymar strike was flicked onto Godín’s hand via his heel.

In the end though, Atlético miss out on an opportunity to reassert their title credentials, but must pick themselves up before moving onto Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Goals

Fernando Torres (51′) – 1-0

Neymar (55′) – 1-1

Lionel Messi (77′) – 1-2

Atlético Madrid Barcelona
Atlético Madrid 12 Barcelona
F Torres 51'Neymar 55'
 Messi 77'
Competition La Liga
Location Estadio Vicente Calderón
Date 12 September 2015
Kick Off 20:30 CEST

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Oblak
Juanfran
Godín
Giménez
Filipe Luís
Koke
Tiago
Gabi (81')
Óliver (60')
Griezmann
F Torres (62')
Substitutes used
Carrasco (60')
Jackson (62')
Vietto (81')
Barcelona
ter Stegen
Mascherano
Alba
Roberti
Vermaelen (28')
Rakitic (60')
Busquets
Iniesta
Suárez
Neymar
Rafinha
Substitutes used
Mathieu (28')
Messi (60')

Match Stats

Possession
3169
Shots
1113
On Target
35
Corners
110
Fouls
175
Yellow Cards
31
Red Cards
00
  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Many people started to criticize Simeone after the game and some even called him “coward”, while when I criticized him last season most of them were angry at me, especially when I said I will want him out if he failed to qualify to the CL for 2 seasons in a row .
    Won’t you ?! .. I mean it’s fine to not fight for La Liga title against Madrid & Barca because the huge differences in the budgets, but we also have a bigger budget than Valencia’s and Sevilla’s, last season our was 170 million while Valencia’s was 90 million, almost the double . We should finish at least 3rd every season and with a very comfortable margin .

    However, I will stand beside Simeone this time, I don’t think he was a coward, he was smartly cautious .
    Guys, Barca are still Barca, they just won the triple last season, and this is how you play them, this is how Juve & Bayern played against them last season, yes, this time they were weakened, but Simeone was forced once again to change half of his squad in the summer, and this is just the 3rd game of the season .

    Last season Simeone did show some cowardness vs Sevilla & Valencia, and the latter was at home, and that was very frustrating .
    But Barca are different, you can’t attack Barca for 90 minutes, you have to get back and wait for your chance, and we got it in the start of the 2nd half, we pressured them and we scored, but unfortunately they equalized very quickly, which had a negative effect on us .
    We tried to be “brave” last season in the 2nd leg of the cup, we attacked from minute 1 and we scored twice, but they killed us with our own weapon, the counters, with a little help from the ref .

    Of course there are some things I disagree with El Cholo about them, in general, and specifically about this game, even before it started when he didn’t put Correa on the bench, and for not taking Koke off when he was almost invisible, but I don’t think he should have had a different tactics, and even if he tried, I don’t think he could have succeeded, he is still in the beginning of rebuilding his team, again .

    We all want to see beautiful attacking football, with too many goals, I personally want to see a team like Dortmund, the one with Klopp or this one with Tuchel, and Simeone has better players, and it seems that he is working on that, that’s why he let Raul Garcia leave, one of his greatest and most trusted soldiers, and that’s why he said that he will put Koke in the center, which will make an extra spot for one of the many skillful players we have, he didn’t do it yet, but as he himself said before the game : “it has only been 2 games” .

    What I’m saying is : this is almost a brand new project, and it’s very early to judge it, especially against Barca .

  • Ringo

    fun fact from clubatleticodemadrid.com:

    “Our coach became, after the match against Barcelona, the
    second red and white coach with the most official matches. He accounts
    129 wins, 43 draws and 35 losses.

    Diego Pablo Simeone has become, after the League match against
    Barcelona, the second coach with more official games managing Atlético’s
    first team.

    So far, the Argentinian coach has led the team 207
    times, of which 138 have been in the League, 24 in the King’s Cup, 41 in
    European competitions and 4 corresponding to the Spanish Super Cup.

    Since he came to the team’s bench in December 2011, Simeone accounts for 129
    wins, 43 draws and 35 losses. With his sights set on continuing to add
    games as Atlético’s coach, the Argentinian has ahead of him the legend
    Luis Aragonés, who coached our team in 611 official matches.”

    also, match selection for tomorrow:

    Moyá, Oblak; Godín, Siqueira, Savic, Gámez, Lucas, Juanfran, Giménez;
    Tiago, Koke, Óliver, Gabi, Saúl, Carrasco, Thomas; Griezmann, Torres,
    Jackson, Correa and Vietto.

    aka pretty much everyone. Do you guys have faith in the game?

  • Parsa

    Gimenez’s only problem is that particulary in big games, He get caught out of position. I watched the second goal many times and I think If Gimenez had stayed in his position Messi wouldn’t get any chance. Gabi should’ve cleared the ball in the first place and even Griezmann could’ve done better but Gimenez movement was really unnecessary. He left a small hole between Godin and Juanfran and that was enough for Messi. This is not the first time I see Gimenez with these bad movements. He somehow rushes for interceptions but he has to realize that no one is behind him. Defensive Midfielders do this a lot becuase they have assurances that there is a player behind them for cover.

    With all being said, I don’t think not conceding in that situation could’ve saved us. Messi completed 8 dribbles in just 30 minutes. Sooner or later they could find the winning goal.

    One other point, Cholo has no clue how to make a comeback. Whenever we are losing and 60 minutes has passed, He just brings every striker he has and just expects them to do something. And not surprisingly, This never works. If you wanna hurt an opposition that is winning the game, either you have to bring playmakers or good wingers. They are the only ones who can make difference. If you empty your central zone from midfielders, then how the hell you expect the ball to reach your strikers? Is it really that hard or complicated to understand? Simeone is really good at utilizing plan A, If he was good at subs and other plans in the second half, then nobody could stop him in this world!

  • Chewie

    The Turks are a serious opponent. They have people from the national squad that has being doing well recently. Plus, we’ll be in Turkey, so I expect a fight but anything other than a win would be a disappointment.

  • Ringo

    We have to keep in mind that their beating of the Netherlands was against a team that’s going through the worst form in years, though.
    Also they’re having troubles in the league and I’ve heard some fans say their squad has decreased in quality the past year.
    They could surprise us, but I think we’re (supposed to be) the favorites tonight.