La Liga: Atlético 1 – 2 Barcelona
Barcelona come from behind to take all three points at the Calderón
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.
Fernando Torres (51′) – 1-0
Neymar (55′) – 1-1
Lionel Messi (77′) – 1-2
|F Torres 51'||Neymar 55'|
|Estadio Vicente Calderón|
|12 September 2015|
|F Torres (62')|