Barcelona beaten by Atletico Madrid

Gerard Pique

Atletico Madrid moved level on points with La Liga leaders Real Sociedad after beating Barcelona, who are now nine points adrift of the top two.

Yannick Carrasco scored the only goal on the stroke of half-time, driving in from midway inside the Barcelona half with goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen having tried to beat him to the ball.

Barcelona also lost defender Gerard Pique to injury to cap a bad night.

Pique looked visibly upset as he hobbled off in the second half.

Barcelona confirmed after the game that Pique had sprained his right knee and are “waiting for more tests to ascertain the extent of the injury”.

There is no timescale on how long Pique could be out for but reports in Spainexternal-link suggest he could be sidelined for up to six months.

Atletico Madrid

Barcelona rarely looked like rescuing a point from the game, with Jan Oblak’s save from a Clement Lenglet header the closest the visitors game.

The result leaves Barcelona 10th in La Liga. They have 11 points from eight games, nine behind Sociedad, who are only ahead of Atletico on goals scored, both having the same goal difference, although Atletico have a game in hand.

This win continued Atletico’s unbeaten start to the season and stretched their unbeaten run to 24 games in all competitions, while it was Barca’s third defeat in eight La Liga games.

Lionel Messi was unusually subdued, although the forward had only returned from a long trip to South America on Thursday after international duty with Argentina.

‘It was our turn to win’ – what they said

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: “It was our turn to win today but it won’t change our objectives.

“We knew exactly how we needed to play and that we would have to work as hard in attack as in defence.”

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman: “A team like Barca cannot afford to concede a goal like that.

“It was our fault, it’s not good and we can’t let something like that happen again.”

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 23Trippier
  • 15SavicBooked at 79mins
  • 2GiménezBooked at 80mins
  • 22Hermoso
  • 21CarrascoBooked at 26minsSubstituted forFelipeat 90+1′minutes
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forDiego Costaat 73′minutes
  • 6KokeBooked at 9mins
  • 8Saúl
  • 10CorreaSubstituted forKondogbiaat 84′minutes
  • 7SequeiraSubstituted forLemarat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Grbic
  • 4Kondogbia
  • 11Lemar
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 17Saponjic
  • 18Felipe
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 27Camello
  • 29Sánchez
  • 34Moya

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forat 90+1′minutes
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forDestat 62′minutes
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 8PjanicSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 83′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 11Dembélé
  • 10Messi
  • 16GonzálezSubstituted forCoutinhoat 57′minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forMachado Trincãoat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dest
  • 6Aleñá
  • 9Braithwaite
  • 12Puig
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 14Coutinho
  • 17Machado Trincão
  • 24Firpo
  • 28Mingueza
  • 36Tenas

Referee:
José Luis Munuera Montero

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Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Barcelona 0.

  • Author: Ronald Tramp