Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona played the first leg of Copa Del Rey semi-final stage and Barcelona undone hosts in Madrid.
Atletico Madrid: Miguel Ángel Moyà, Vrsaljko, Stefan Savić, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Juanfran, Saul Niguez, Gabi, Koke, Antoine Griezmann, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco.
Barcelona: Jasper Cillessen, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Gerrard Pique, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Javier Mascherano, Andre Gomez, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar JR.
The 2 strongest teams among the 4 qualified teams for the Copa Del Rey semi-final faced each other at the Vicente Calderon last night. Atletico Madrid, having home advantage, was expected to give a tough time to the visiting Catalans. The 2 teams have been long term rivals now, and we have a close game whenever these 2 teams play each other.
After the draw Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Eibar in La Liga on the weekend, Luis Enrique learned from his mistake and started Samuel Umtiti rather than the previous change which saw Mathieu starting alongside Pique. Another 2 changes in Barcelona’s line-up. Andre Gomez and Javier Mascherano replacing the injured Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets respectively.
The game ended with a 2-1 win for Barcelona. Neymar couldn’t end the run of his poor form and didn’t manage to grab a goal. However, it was Luis Suarez who gave Barcelona the confidence of an early goal and a lead inside 7 minutes of the kick-off. Lionel Messi was the second one to rise up to the occasion. Atletico Madrid didn’t have any answer to Messi’s long-range screamer from outside the box. By 53rd, Barcelona had the advantage of 2 away goals in the first. Antoine Griezmann who scored in 59th minute of the game to get something for his team from the first leg.