Defending La Liga champions Barcelona hosted Ateltico Madrid in the league on Wednesday night and it turned out to be another classic encounter between these two spanish giants. Barcelona dominated with massive possession and it took best part of 45 minutes to open the scoring thanks to Ivan Rakitic goal in 41st minute. Atletico however bounced back with a superb goal of their own thanks to Angel Correa after the half time to make thins interesting.
FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid Highlights
[ Spanish Primera Liga 2016-17 ]
41′ 1 – 0 Ivan Rakitic scored just before the break to put Barcelona 1-0 in lead.
61′ 1 – 1 Angel Correa scores 15 minutes into the second half as Ateltico found a way back into the game.
Match Highlights (English)
Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona Highlights
Spanish Primera Liga 2016-17 Match
Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2016 – Time: 20:45 CET ‘/ 19:45 uk time
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
TV Channels: SkySports (UK), beIN Sports (US, Middle-east)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Barcelona has bounced back from that surprise 2-1 defeat against Alaves in prime fashion having scored 12 goals in two matches. Trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez has been finding the net regularly and they will be confident of a better showing against Atletico who knocked them out from the Champions League last season. Atletico themselves has turned things around after their two back to back draws in the opening two games and now they are a on a three game winning streak but only conceded 1 goal so far.
Luis Enrique will keep his full strength side which means Messi, Neymar and Suarez to start upfront while Iniesta, Rakitic and Busquets to play in midfield. Sergio Roberto, Pique and Mascherano to start in central defense roles while Ter Stegen to play in goal for Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid on the other hand will keep the french duo of Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gamiero upfront with four man midfield of Augusto Fernandez, Koke, Saul Niguez and Nicolas Gaitan. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Wedesday night.
Match Predictions: looking at the recent history between the two sides one can only see Barcelona win who have been extremely dominant over Atletico having won 7 of the last 8 meetings between the two but Atletico did knockout Barcelona from Champions League thanks to 2-0 win at Vincente Calderon in their most recent meeting. This Barcelona side has goals in them but unfortunately on both sides. I feel, Atletico’s defense will come good against Barcelona and they will take advantage of Barcelona’s shaky defense to nick a goal. I am going with a 1-0 win for Atletico in this one.
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.