Atletico Madrid, defending champion and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, complicated the life of national coach Ronaldo Koeman after they inflicted Barcelona’s first defeat in the Spanish League in the eighth leg on Saturday by winning 2-0.
Heavily indebted and orphaned without his star and legendary Argentina international captain Lionel Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona’s difficulties intensified and Koeman’s future was jeopardized after the team suffered a second loss in a row. suffered after suffering mid-match. week in the hands of Benfica, Portugal, with three clean goals in the Champions League. .
The Catalan club had previously lost 3-0 in its first game in the continental competition against Bayern Munich, before following these two defeats with another with the same severity at the hands of rivals Atlético, who had suffered his loss in the previous leg against Alaves ( 0-1) in the best way.
It is certain that Barcelona’s satisfaction with three wins and 12 points from 7 stages so far will increase resentment against the Dutchman, who originally missed Saturday’s game due to a suspension.
Unlike Barcelona, Atlético proved that the defeat to Alaves was nothing but a small stumbling block, which was followed by the capital club by winning 2-1 against AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday in the latter’s stronghold and then reclaiming its superiority. Barcelona to confirm. , who failed to beat “Rojiblancos” for the fifth game in a row between them (including the Super Cup meeting in early 2020).
The capital club raised the score to 17 points and accompanied neighboring Real Madrid to the top with a goal difference in the royal club’s favour, awaiting his match on Sunday with the other Catalan team, Espanyol, at the latter’s stadium.
Argentine Atlético coach Diego Simeone started the meeting by keeping the French striker returning from Barcelona Antoine Griezmann on the bench for the first game in the competition since his return to “Rojiblancos”, while the other former Barcelona striker Suarez mainly side by side. The Portuguese Joao Felix managed to take revenge on Koeman in the summer of 2020, who caused his departure over “Camp Nou” after the Dutchman arrived at the club.
Atlético were most dangerous at the start of the encounter with a long try by Frenchman Thomas Lemar going very close to the left post (9), then Joao Felix followed with a more dangerous shot from the edge of the area passing this time along the right post (16), and the Belgian Yannick Carrasco with a free kick that shook the goal of the German Marc-Andre ter Stegen (20).
Atletico managed to reach the net after less than three minutes with a beautiful goal for Lemar after a beautiful triple game by Joao Felix with a pass to Soares, who in turn turned the ball to his French colleague, who fired a rocket from a difficult corner in the roof of the net (23).
Barcelona tried to quickly return to the meeting and were close to a draw with an “on the fly” shot by Brazilian Philippe Coutinho that went wide of the left post (27), and Suarez reacted with a ball that went wide of the left post (28 ).
As the first half drew its last breath, Atlético handed its guest a half knockout by adding the second goal, this time via Suarez, who scored for the first time against his former team, after another three-way game with Joao Felix and Lemar, the decisive passer-by (44).
Suarez celebrated with a hand wave to a phone call, which was interpreted as a reference to Koeman, who had kicked him out of Barcelona over the phone.
Luis Suárez was sent away by Koeman with a short phone call. Today, Suárez made the gesture of a phone call after scoring. [md] pic.twitter.com/PKZADLfKOb
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Barcelona moved better early in the second half and were close to narrowing the gap via Coutinho, but Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak shone in the face of the Brazilian (60).
Despite many substitutions, including Atletico’s Griman and the Catalan side’s return from injury Ansu Fati, the result remained the same until the final whistle.