Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid: LaLiga title hopefuls draw a clean in tense contest on the Nou Camp with Real Madrid the one winners from stalemate
- LaLiga title challengers Barcelona and Atletico Madrid performed out goalless draw
- The guests loved the higher possibilities of the opening half on the Nou Camp
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen made three essential saves to maintain Atletico at bay
- Barcelona improved after the break however have been unable to capitalise and win
- The outcome favours Real Madrid, who play Sevilla on Sunday night
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid cancelled one another on the Camp Nou and that meant a win-win for Real Madrid who now know they are going to be champions in the event that they get most factors from their final 4 video games, beginning Sunday at residence to Sevilla.
Barcelona’s greatest probability got here 5 minutes from time when Ousmane Dembele had a free header on the sting of the six-yard field from Jordi Alba’s cross however obtained underneath it to ship it crusing over Marc Andre ter Stegen’s bar.
Messi gained an 89th minute free-kick however despatched it simply excessive and simply broad. Neither he nor his previous pal Luis Suarez would get the win they so needed.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi rues a missed alternative throughout the stalemate with Atletico Madrid
Ilaix Moriba heads an opportunity broad for Barcelona in Saturday’s goalless draw on the Nou Camp
The embrace between the 2 got here simply seconds earlier than kick-off. There was one for Sergio Busquets and Jorid Alba too. Barcelona had performed a few of Suarez best objectives for them throughout the heat-up however with the title at stake the Uruguayan appeared oblivious to the tribute.
Atletico began nicely. Thomas Lemar had a shot saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Suarez was fouled by Gerard Pique and took the free-kick himself which was saved by Ter Stegen.
Messi linked up with Antoine Griezmann, who had no such affection proven him by former Atletico crew-mates. But the Frenchman’s cross went lengthy.
After 12 minutes Saul Niguez changed the hamstrung Thomas Lemar and Barcelona have been quickly pressured right into a change too.
Atletico striker Luis Suarez, dealing with his former membership, is thwarted by Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Suarez wasn’t proud of the German goalkeeper’s actions, claiming there was contact
Busquets and Stefan Savic clashed heads and there was a drinks break within the 22 levels warmth whereas the midfielder obtained remedy.
Griezmann had a shot saved by Oblak whereas Barcelona have been down to 10 males. Busquets got here again on however was quickly dizzy once more sitting down within the centre-circle earlier than being changed by Ilaix Moriba.
Suarez was at all times a menace within the first half and he started to conflict with former crew-mates. He was caught within the face by Pique in a single conflict and when Ter Stegen obtained a hand to each the ball and Suarez’ head.
The keeper shouted ‘no no no!’ when Suarez stayed down holding his head hoping for a penalty.
Suarez had earlier seen his shot saved by Ter Stegen at his close to publish. The keeper additionally saved from Marcos Llorente as Atletico had the higher of issues.
Saul was booked for a foul on Messi who lifted the tone significantly 10 minutes earlier than the break weaving previous 4 Atletico defenders. Oblak turned his shot away for a nook.
Lionel Messi is fouled by Saul Niguez – one in every of many events the Argentine was introduced down
Messi wasn’t capable of encourage Barcelona to a victory that might have boosted their title hopes
When the half time whistle blew it was Atletico Madrid who may very well be happier with the efficiency, and Real Madrid supporters who may very well be happiest with the outcome as issues stood.
There have been probabilities within the first minute of the second half with Clement Lenglet twisting to ship a header over when half time substitute Ronald Araujo was higher positioned.
At the opposite finish Suarez pounced on a Lenglet error and gained a nook with a saved shot. Barcelona have been nonetheless surprisingly cautious with three centre-backs marking Suarez. Pique did get ahead on the hour to get a glancing header to a floated Messi cross however Oblak saved.
It was the cue for Atletico to arrange Joao Felix however he was nonetheless ready to come back on when Koke pulled Messi down on the sting of the world to earn a reserving.
Messi’s free-kick was creeping in on the far publish when Oblak made the save of the sport to push it out for a nook.
Simeone’s subsequent transfer was to carry on the Portuguese for Saul, the sub subbed and Carrasco to left wing-again.
Both groups had the ball at the back of the online however Araujo was offside when he headed in and when Suarez scored from a rebound the whistle had already been blown for a foul from Carrasco on Pique.
With 20 minutes left the touchline-banned Ronaldo Koeman despatched phrase right down to the technical space for Ousmane Dembele to come back on.
He gained a free-kick however Messi wasted it giving it straight to an Atletico participant. Fortunately for Barcelona that participant was Joao Felix who took an age to launch the counter giving Messi time to get again and assist snuff out the prospect.
He’s extra harmful nearer to the penalty space and he discovered Suarez however the Uruguayan failed to search out Carrasco. The Belgian then tried to search out Suarez however overhit his cross and Atletico’s final first rate probability was gone
They are nonetheless high but when Real Madrid beat Sevilla they are going to be second – and Barcelona third – with three video games to go. It’s in Real Madrid’s arms now.
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