November 25, 2018 02:04
A goal from Ousmane Dembelé in the 22nd minute of the first half made Barcelona and frustrated Atletico Madrid with a late draw when the Atletico team felt almost their victory and the lead with a header from Diego Costa in a null, tremendously tactical and practically harmless.
Everything is as it was for Atletico, not for Barcelona, awaiting the result of Sunday from Sevilla for their stay ahead of the standings, after a game that moved into nothing for 80 minutes, which stirred the 1-0 of Diego Costa at the time and that ended in a tie with Dembelé disputed for the rescue. There are already so many clashes between Atletico and Barcelona that no one trusts anyone.
Everything is within a very measured planning. The staging is no longer surprising, the confrontation of styles or: ownership was for the Barca block, indisputable at first, less as the minutes passed.
Nothing new in a duel that began from the predictable, also much measured from the tactics, content of the risks, corrected all the details, but also with the intensity required by a fight for the top. Each ball seemed at times the last, wherever it went, as if the result depended on a ball.
All within that tense calm that knows that any action, any mistake, on one side or the other can make the difference; first to the pace that Barcelona proposed of the ball. This caused a certain step behind Atletico, armed around Oblak; rounded out more than generated occasions, scared at some point when Messi caught the ball … until his rival rewound its structure in the middle.
Far away from the opposing area during the first stage, with almost no forward combination, with difficulties in the exit, Simeone moved two pieces: Saúl, from the middle to the band; Koke, from the band in the middle. The result was not only a more visible Athletic in the other field, but also less pursued by his opponent.
At halftime, half time at Atletico – a clearance from Gerard Piqué for his goal that Sol Stegen solved; half-time Barcelona – an innocent center of Sergi Roberto, who then retired injured – and a draw to nothing, until the second half, of the advantage that demands to win a game of such size and complexity. No one had taken this responsibility with the necessary determination.
Neither Atletico nor Barcelona. Neither Griezmann nor Diego Costa nor Lemar, especially gray, in the rojiblanco group, nor Messi, with the exception of a few bursts, nor Luis Suárez, unnoticed, in the block of Barça. No player has played between the three clubs yet. Not the first time, not the whole second.
Barcelona had the ball, but did not hit, did not even break in the last meters, slowed down by the local firmness; Atletico wanted to counterattack, but also could not wait in their own field for the opportunity to deploy the offensive skill that best manages.
He played a perfect corner kick Griezmann, he finished at the back Diego Costa, with the determination that there was nobody until then, at 80 minutes, the same as Dembelé, the last resort of Valverde, to take advantage of an "enlightened" by Messi and save a point for Barcelona.
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1 – Atletico de Madrid: Oblak; Arias, Savic, Lucas, Filipe; Koke, Rodrigo, Saul, Lemar (Vitolo, m.63); Griezmann and Diego Costa (Correa, m.80).
1 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto (Rafinha, m.46), Busquets, Arthur (Dembelé, m.80), Vidal (Malcom, m.84); Messi and Luis Suárez. Objectives: 1-0, m. 78: Diego Costa comes on for Griezmann. 1-1, m. 90: Dembele knocks Oblak over the net. Referee: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). He warned the locals Lucas (39), Griezmann (48), Rodrigo (86) and Filipe Luis (87) and visitors Busquets (29) and Rafinha (92). Incidents: match corresponding to the thirteenth round of LaLiga Santander, played at Wanda Metropolitan Stadium before about 67,000 spectators.