Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid Highlights (Suarez to the rescue with two second half strikes)
FC Barcelona got the better of Atletico Madrid once again at Vincente Caldron with Suarez scoring two quick goals in second half to get Barcelona to a 2-1 away win and pretty much settles the tie looking at both teams form. Torres had sent home side 1-0 up but his sending off allowed Barcelona even bigger chunck of possession and Barcelona made them pay with two goals in second half.
Absolute cracking game at Vincente Caldron as Atletico Madrid stunned the home fans with an early lead when Fernando Torres scored inside first half and hour to put Atletico in front. But Torres was sent off for his second bookable offense in 35th minute and put Atletico Madrid in massive pressure. But if there was any team who could restrict Barcelona from scoring with 10 men, it was Simone’s Atletico who played resiliently and kept Barca front trio at bay.
An eventful first half saw Atletico go in front when Torres finished off a superb counter attacking move with a nice finish from edge of the box. Barcelona dominated possesion and failed to convert chances came there way. Atletico Madrid however made lives difficult for them when Fernando Torrest was sent off just 10 minutes after scoring the goal. His received his marching orders after second yellow card inside 5 minutes. Credit to Atletico as they hanged in there for best part of hour but an scrappy goal from Suarez brought Barcelona back in the game.
Luis Suarez scored twice inside 10 minutes to put Barcelona 2-1 up and take the massive away goal lead which will prove to be crucial for Barcelona. Suarez first was a tap in from close range with a nice flick while second was a thumping header after Alves found him with a inch perfect pass.
FC Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid – Highlights
[ UEFA Champions League, 1st Leg ]
25′ 0 – 1 Fernando Torres scored totally against the run of play when he finished off a great counter attacking move.
35′ Fernando Torres got sent off in 35th minute for his second yellow card in space of 5 minutes.
63′ 1 – 1 Luis Suarez flicked home the equalizer from close range bring Barcelona back in the game.
73′ 2 – 1 Luis Suarez finished off a superb Dani Alvez cross to get Barcelona 2-1 in front.
Having their 39 games unbeaten streak broken by Real Madrid on the weekend, Barcelona’s wounder stars will take on Atletico Madrid in the most important match of the season in Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Camp Nou this Tuesday night, 05 April 2016. The kind of form Barcelona has shown one would think only Madrid clubs are capable of getting a result against this Barca side. Atletico will be looking to get one over Barcelona having lost back in January in the league.
Atletico Madrid ran Barcelona close in their earlier encounter at Camp Nou back in January. Having taken the lead in 10th minute Atletico caused some problems for Barcelona but eventually Messi and Saurez scored two goals to get Barca back in the lead. But when they take the field against Barca this tuesday night they will be hoping last weekends defeat against Real Madrid might have hurt Barca’s confidence.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Atletico Madrid had to rely on penalties in the round of 16 against PSV band will surely go into the quarterfinal double header as underdogs the tag they enjoy so more often. Defensively they have been absolute rock at the back and even Barcelona has their work cut out break down resilient Ateltico defense. Luis Enrique side need a positive result to keep themselves in comfortable position going into the second leg.
As far as the team news is concerned, Luis Enrique confirmed that Neymar will be fit enough to start the game alongside Messi and Suarez. Jordi Alba is also in contention to get back in the starting lineup. So we might see the usual full strength Barcelona side with Iniesta, Busquets and Rakitic playing in central midfield roles.
Atletico Madrid on the other hand has only lost 1 game in the last 24 matches but they crashed out of the Copa Del rey during midweek when Celta Vigo beat them 3-2 and Atletico manager Simone stated that team is hurt by the defeat. Atletico are likely to start with mobile front trio of Koke, Vietto and Griezmann who can cause problems for Barcelona defense.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday. Confirm team news is usually updated couple of hours before the game.
Match Predictions: Last time the two teams meet was back in September 2015 when Barcelona came from a goal down to win the match with Neymar and Messi scoring to cancel out Fernando Torres opener. Alot has changed since Barcelona has gone 25 games unbeaten and I expect them to continue their surge at the top of the table and put some daylight between them and two Madrid clubs.
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