08 Apr Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Match Report, 06/04/2019, Primera División
Diego Costa acquired a straight crimson card for dissent as Barcelona secured a late 2-Zero win over Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored late targets once more to maneuver Barcelona to inside touching distance of the title, as they beat 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-Zero at Camp Nou to open an 11-point lead at LaLiga’s summit.
Though Atletico – who had Diego Costa despatched off within the first half – regarded set to hold on to a draw, Barca’s dominance finally paid off as Suarez after which Messi struck late within the day as they did in opposition to Villarreal on Wednesday to land what is definitely a deadly blow within the race for title.
Barca edged a tense first half, which noticed Costa given a straight crimson card within the 28th minute for berating referee Jesus Gil Manzano, although they have been unable to show their superiority right into a lead.
Atletico weathered the storm for many of the second interval as effectively, with Jan Oblak producing an impressed efficiency, however he was lastly overwhelmed twice within the final 5 minutes as Messi claimed a record-breaking 335th LaLiga victory.
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After a cagey opening, a second of Messi inspiration opened the Atletico defence for the primary time within the 14th minute, however the put up got here to Oblak’s rescue after Jordi Alba collected the lofted move.
Atletico’s job turned even trickier lower than a minute later when Costa was given his marching orders for dissent, seemingly fuming at not getting a free-kick after a tussle with Messi.
Barca have been dominant within the second half, with Messi testing Oblak from distance within the 56th minute, earlier than the goalkeeper made an excellent higher cease to thwart Suarez when one-on-one.
Oblak was lastly overwhelmed 5 minutes from time, nonetheless, as Suarez’s attractive curling effort from simply exterior the penalty space discovered the bottom-right nook.
And Barca’s second adopted quickly after – Messi driving a problem from Jose Gimenez within the field and tucking a disguised effort contained in the right-hand put up to spark noisy celebrations at Camp Nou.
What does it imply? Curtains for Atletico
Whereas a draw most likely wouldn’t have carried out them a lot good both, a defeat certainly ends Atletico’s dwindling hopes of difficult Barca within the title race.
Barca shall be deserved victors when they’re ultimately – as now seems to be more and more doubtless – topped champions. Atletico have constantly been a boring team to look at this season, whereas Ernesto Valverde’s males have been something however.
Oblak unfortunate in defeat
In the long run he couldn’t maintain Barca out, but Oblak was nonetheless the most effective participant on the pitch. The goalkeeper made a host of high-quality saves, protecting Atletico within the contest till the 85th minute. A lesser participant between the posts would have already conceded a number of by that time.
Costa loses his cool
Till Costa’s sending off, proceedings have been even. However in a second of frustration he mentioned just a little an excessive amount of to the referee. From then on Atletico’s probabilities have been minimal, as Barca dominated.
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– Lionel Messi has develop into the participant with probably the most wins in LaLiga historical past (335), surpassing former Actual Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas (334).
– The Argentina star has scored extra targets in opposition to Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak than some other participant in LaLiga (six).
– Excluding Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez is the one participant to attain 20-plus targets in 4 totally different LaLiga seasons within the 21st century.
– Oblak made eight saves in opposition to Barcelona, his highest total in a recreation this season in all competitions.
– Barcelona are one in every of solely three teams that Diego Simeone has by no means defeated as Atletico coach in LaLiga (15 video games), after Mallorca (three) and Racing Santander (one).
Three days after Wednesday’s Champions League journey to Manchester United, Barca return to LaLiga motion at struggling Huesca. Atletico host Celta Vigo the identical day.