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Barcelona also collapsed at Atletico

Barcelona also collapsed at Atletico

Digesting two goals in the first half, Barcelona could not retaliate. Though they dominated the possession of the ball, they only increased the frustration with the sharp attack. Atletico Madrid easily won the game. Diego Simeone’s side won 2-0 in La Liga on Saturday night at Wanda Metropolitano. Luis Suarez doubled the lead after Tuma Lima took the lead.

The gap could have been bigger if the hosts hadn’t wasted a few more good chances.

However, Barcelona is ahead in terms of possession of the ball and taking shots for the goal. However, they can hardly spread fear in the opposing camp. Ronald Kuman’s side took a total of nine shots, controlling the ball 70 percent of the time throughout the match, two of which were on target. And three of Atletico’s six shots were on target.

In all competitions, Barcelona have been unbeaten in five consecutive matches against Atletico, losing all three. In La Liga, they have lost and drawn twice in four matches. The Catalan club lost 3-2 in the final of the 2021 Spanish Super Cup.

Atletico were already considered favorites considering their recent performance and strength. However, the field fight was not so one-sided at the beginning. Barcelona were ahead in possession, although their attack was unstoppable.
Atletico got two significant half-chances in the first 20 minutes, but both missed. Joao Felix’s shot in the 17th minute was also deflected for a short time after a shot from outside Lima’s D-box went just outside the post in the eighth minute.

Atletico took the lead in the 23rd minute with a great two-pass attack from midfield. Luis Suarez extended the defensive pass to the D-box with Felix’s extended ball. And after getting the ball in the gap, the French midfielder Lima found the address with a corner kick at the first touch.
This shows the weakness of Barcelona’s defense. It was eye-catching to find the ball in Lima’s gap in the D-box. Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets exchanged words after the goal, but their lack of understanding became clear. Memphis Depai was also seen saying something angrily in the middle.

Four minutes later, Barcelona could have equalized with a counter attack. However, Philippe Coutinho’s low shot from the mouth of the D-box bounced off the post. Suarez wasted a golden opportunity to widen the gap in the next minute; The former Barcelona star took a missed shot after finding a gap in Felix’s pass box.

The goal was doubled in the 44th minute, but the defensiveness of the Barcelona defense was revealed. Suarez stunned the visitors by sending the ball into the net in a two-pass attack long before midfield. With Felix’s extended ball, Lima found Suarez, who was advancing a little to the right without hindrance. The Uruguayan striker beat the goalkeeper with a corner kick after taking the ball into the D-box.
Suarez joined Atletico in September last year because the team did not keep him despite his strong desire to stay at Barcelona. This is his first goal against the former team. As you said before, don’t celebrate if you get a goal. Didn’t, he folded his hands and apologized to the supporters.

Coutinho missed an easy chance to close the gap in the 70th minute. The Brazilian midfielder took a shot along with the goalkeeper after the young midfielder Gavi’s pass from the right side got empty in the D-box. This is their first shot at goal.

Felix, who contributed to the team’s two goals, got a chance to enter the scoreline in the 7th minute. But the Portuguese forward took the shot along with the goalkeeper.
The rest of the time no one else was able to create any chances.

Kuman was not in the dugout in this match due to the ban. There was frustration in the eyes of this Dutch coach sitting on the stand. Another poor performance of the team put more pressure on him.

Atletico are in second place with five wins from eight matches and 18 points from two draws. Real Madrid are at the top with equal points in one match less.

Real Sociedad is at number three with 16 points in seven matches equal to Real.

This is the first time Barcelona have lost two matches in the Champions League. They are in ninth place with 12 wins and three wins in seven matches.

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