Champions League 1/4final 1st leg: Barca 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Luis Suarez scores two for Barcelona


Barcelona win against Atletico Madrid with slim lead going into 2nd leg

Luis Enrique's side bounced back from their Clásico disappointment that ended Barcelona’s 39 match winning streak by defeating Atletico Madrid 2-1 at Camp Nou today in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter Final tie.

Fernando Torres scored Atletico Madrid’s only goal before being sent off.

Barca striker Suarez commented that his side benefited from Fernando Torres's red card.

Spaniard Torres opened the scoring at Camp Nou as Atletico Madrid drew first blood.

However El Nino was handed first a yellow card, then a red card in the 35th minute in quick succession.

The double from Uruguay International Suarez was key in Barcelona’s 2-1 advantage ahead of the return leg in Madrid next week.

Suarez said that "the important thing" is that his team won.

"Obviously the sending off in first half had an effect, even more when it's great player. I would have liked to come back with 11 men," said Suarez after the game.

"We could have scored another goal. The important thing is we won and they will need to score a goal there. We knew there'd be little space, so I stayed close to the area to convert what I could. That's why I am here, to help the team."



Ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Subs: Bravo, Arda, Rafinha, Bartra, Munir, Sergi Roberto, Vermaelen

Atletico Madrid

Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Lucas, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Saul Niguez, Koke, Carrasco; Griezmann, Torres

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Atletico Madrid Possible Squads

Atlético Madrid - Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Hernández, Filipe Luís; Koke, Gabi, Augusto, Ñíguez; Griezmann, Carrasco. 
Out: Tiago (broken leg), Torres (suspended), Giménez (hamstring)
Doubtful: Savić (foot)

Barcelona - Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitić, Iniesta; Messi, Neymar, Suárez.
Out: Mathieu (knee), Rafinha (adductor), Sandro (hamstring), Vermaelen (calf), Vidal (adductor)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, talked about his side.

“Being Atlético means being tenacious, competitive, never giving up and overcoming difficulties. We know there are better teams than us. But we know we can compete against Barcelona,” said Simeone. “We try to improve what we are doing game after game. We will try to find an angle and see if we can get at them and win.”

“The excitement and enthusiasm around this match is fantastic, but I don't think the Barcelona players will be surprised by the atmosphere because they are used to it, added Simeone. “Koke is a very important player for us. He has great vision. The team has had a freshness and an energy about it of late, and that's down to having a player like him in midfield.”

Luis Enrique, Barcelona coach, gave away some of his strategy.

“We are treating this like any quarter-final – I don't feel it's the biggest match of our season. We have a small advantage and we will try to win here too to make sure of the result. This team was made for matches like this. Yes, it's always difficult against Atlético, but it's all about doing things well, which is what we try to do every match. We'll need to play really well.”

“There is always room for improvement. It's not fair to think that victories or defeats are because of two or three players. I'm just as guilty for any defeats because I am the coach. I'm very happy with Arda Turan's performances and Gerard Piqué is fine,” said Enrique. “Tomorrow will be difficult like any UEFA Champions League tie, particularly so against Atlético since they know us so well. There is no doubt we are going to compete. We love to see the Vicente Calderón full but if there's any team able to play in this atmosphere it is Barça. I hope we can see a great spectacle.”

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Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona

Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona

Neymar, FC Barcelona

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Jan Oblak: Atletico Madrid

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