Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid(2-2): The confinement LaLiga reaches its final stretch and Barcelona is increasingly farther from fighting for the title. The draw in Vigo has been followed by another against Atletico that can leave him four points behind Real Madrid if Zidane’s men beat Getafe. It was not that Setien’s team played badly but he measured a rival in a streak and physically better than he was worthy of the draw. Simeone’s men have not just secured the Champions League place but they cannot escape playing like this. An own goal and three penalties did not tarnish a vibrant game in which they played to win without speculation.
The game started already an hour before with the announcement of the line-ups. Surprises in both team with Griezmann and Joao Felix substitutes. A declaration of intent of both coaches with the presence of Riqui Puig at Barca looking for more speed in the rhythm of the game and of Correa in Atletico facing a more physical starting team. The presence of the youth team Cules caused a change to a 4-4-2 system with a diamond leaving friends Suarez and Messi at the forefront.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Match Overview
The menu chosen for the start of the duel was surprising since it went directly to the first plate; skipping the starters of the scoring minutes. Barcelona and Atletico are well known and the game was not for flourishes. Unlike other clashes between them in the seventh minute; they could have already scored both. First, the visitors, with a free kick taken by Carrasco who did not find a finisher but grazed the post of the Ter Stegen goal and, later, those of Setien with a shot from Rakitic that Oblak deflected.
The goal arrived in the 11 ‘after a corner from Messi that Diego Costa failed to clear and scored on his own door. Bad luck for the one from Lagarto who had the option of redeeming himself shortly afterward thanks to a clear penalty by Arturo Vidal on a Carrasco who kept creating danger for the band. But the Spanish-Brazilian failed, or rather Ter Stegen was right; and everything seemed to stay the same until the VAR appeared the first time. The German goal was not on the bottom line at the time of the launch and it had to be repeated. The protests of the 11 Barca players surrounding Hernandez did not help; and after a yellow card to Pique for the protests, Saul did not fail in the repetition. Turn to draw after 18 minutes.
The pace of the game did not slow down despite the goals. It was a round-trip duel. Messi was 2-1 with a masterful shot of a thread that went just wide. Those of the Cholo were still very clear and they went out with speed towards the opposite field every time they controlled a ball in the middle of the field. The hydration pause had more expectation than ever but; seeing Messi listen to Sarabia and see that Setien speaks everything was clarified. About to come to the break a lack of Thomas on Riqui Puig gave Messi a good option to break the equality.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Second Half
The second part started as moving as the first. Semedo interned in the area, slight contact from Felipe and penalty for Barcelona. Messi transformed it with great skill, stinging the ball before the stretched to the opposite side of Oblak. The 2-1 was a morale kick for Barca but; Simeone’s men kept coming and Costa was able to tie with a header to the center of Arias. He did it a few minutes later after the third penalty of the night. Semedo brings down Carrasco and; Saul makes it 2-2 with some suspense as Ter Stegen came close to stopping the pitch.
With ten minutes to go, Barca had only made one change with the entry of Sergi Roberto for Rakitic. Simeone, on the other hand, took out his entire arsenal with Morata, Vitolo, and Lemar, and Atletico finished better physically. Setien’s reaction was to bet on Ansu Fati; instead of Busquets with Griezmann heating the entire second half in the band. The French season is for reflection. He went to the field in 90 ‘. There was no time for a more and deserved point for those of a Simeone that still does not win in the league against Barcelona.