It was the fourth time they faced Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and, as in the three previous occasions, he finished the match in a draw. As before, Barcelona had the ball but struggled to create chances, while Atletico was used hard, intense or if you prefer, without the ball and hoped their luck in attacking genius.
That genius came thanks to Diego Ribas. The Brazilian, who came in for the injured Diego Costa Pinto surprised with a big shot and dynamited a meeting that had hitherto been somewhat bland, and had only had a couple of chances to David Villa as the main attraction. With the score 0-1 in 35 minutes to go, Barcelona had no choice but to turn to attack.
Another Brazilian, Neymar, would do the other goal of the night. It had been 15 minutes after the Atletico goal and a brilliant pass from Iniesta left tray Neymar in the equalizer. From here, Atletico gave good result in this tie and was entrusted to Courtois. The Belgian, as usual in recent months, saving his team responded when I needed it, so the Atleti advantage to come back. Read more »