Barcelona dropped points for the third time in the last four games on Tuesday, After drawing 2-2 against Atletico Madrid. The result sees Barca’s La Liga title race take another blow and boosts Real Madrid’s title hopes.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barcelona were held by Atletico Madrid.
The Catalans took the lead 12 minutes into the game when Diego Costa inadvertently diverted a corner into his own net at the near post as he attempted to clear Lionel messi‘s delivery.
Costa was then a villain again for Atletico Madrid at the other end as he hit a weak penalty a few minutes later and saw it saved by Marc -Andre ter stegen, only to be let off as VAR ordered it to be retaken because the German goalkeeper was slightly off his line.Saul Niguez stepped up to take the second kick and sent Ter Stegen the wrong way.
Barcelona then won a penalty early in the second half as Nelson Semedo was tripped by Felipe and Messi kept his cool to beat Jan Oblak with an excellent Panenka effort for his 700th career goal.
Setien’s side looked likely to build on their advantage, but the Rojiblancos won another penalty just after the hour as Semedo was adjudged to have upended Carrasco.Despite replays suggesting there may have been no contact, the decision stood and Saul picked the same spot, this time getting a little lucky as Ter Stegen got a good hand on the ball but could only help it into hid own net.
Barcelona dominated possession throughout but proved vulnerable on the counter-attack and Setien did not change formation until he introduced Fati in the 85th minute – Griezmann came on five minutes later.
Barca have now drawn three of their past four LaLiga fixtures and seen the two-point lead they held when the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic evaporate. With five games remaining, Setien needs to Rapidly turn things around.
“It’s not easy to play against Atlético Madrid, but I’m quite happy with my team’s game.”
Griezmann? I see him doing well, the problem is that not everyone can play. I didn’t bring him on earlier because I thought we were playing well, Riqui did well, and we always try to have Suárez and Messi on the pitch.
It’s getting more and more complicated. Dropping these points means that we are moving away from the possibility of winning this title.”
I don’t feel like discussed at all, I feel like the coach of this team.” Setien said after the game.
Atletio Madrid are back in action at home to Real Mallorca on Friday, while Barcelona face a tricky trip to Villarreal on Sunday.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal (Griezmann 90’), Busquets (Ansu Fati 85’), Rakitic (Roberto 62’); Puig; Messi, Suárez
Goals: Diego Costa (12’ OG), Messi (49’ pen)
Atlético: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Felipe, Lodi; Correa (Vitolo 84’), Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco (Lemar 84’); Llorente (Félix 69’), Costa (Morata 77’)
Goals: Saúl (19’ pen, 62’ pen)