Spanish Giants Barcelona made a crucial victory against Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon at the Camp Nou by 1-0. Messi was the key to success that made Barca win over Atletico which extends their lead in the league table to eight points with just 1 matches remaining in this season.
The game look like it was an average Barcelona-Atletico issue having tensed,physical and with chances which was hard to get. Messi’s splendid free-kick was made the chance which became a huge difference between the two, yet Atletico supporters will be left wondering why Atletico were been more forceful in assault.
Barcelona’s Manager Ernesto Valverde was very much confident with his line-up, considering with Phillippe Coutinho as in the starting ahead of Paulinho.Wherein Diego Simeone made two changes with the starting line-up, considering Gabi for Angel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko for Juanfran.
It was all Barcelona to begin, as Atletico surrendered ownership of the ball to the hosts and stayed outdoors in their own particular half, frequently planting seven yellow shirts in their own particular territory to safeguard.
During the match Atletico showed up very hard towards Barcelona especially with Messi and Andres Iniesta, they were either fouled or played with a great physic which sometimes helped Atletico to stop their attack. The Argentine furnished a proportional payback as a goal, as his free-kick after a Thomas foul 25 meters from objective finished with twisting left-footer into the upper right corner to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead.
Barcelona Manager had to go to his seat considerably sooner than foreseen, as a changed hamstring constrained Iniesta off the contribute the 35th minute and gave the chance to Andre Gomes. Barcelona remained the prevailing side, with Coutinho the lead imaginative power in assault and they kept on peppering shots at Oblak in the Atletico objective. At the opposite end it was an entirely different story as Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa were decreased to onlooker status.
Diego Simeone made his first substitution after an hour, expediting Correa for Vrsalijko to support the Colchoneros’ attack and very quickly Atletico had their most opportunity after Samuel Umtiti made a foul on Diego Costa in the Barcelona half. They had a freekick which could be the equaliser but was wasted.
Simeone then made an another switch in the offensive field,Kevin Gameiro came in for Gabi for the first time then Frenchman Griezmann were getting the space and made the attack to go inside the Barcelona’s area and make an opportunity to grab a goal for Atletico. But there were Barca’s attacks too were Sergio Busquets had a shot which was blocked by Oblak.
Atletico felt that they had pressed in a late equalizer when Gameiro let go in from short proximity after a knockdown header from Costa, however the linesman’s banner was up showing that the previous Chelsea man was offside.
Barcelona winning over Atletico Madrid that means they had secured their three points and took a big step towards the another league title, and now they are heading to grab another win against Malaga on Saturday.