FC Barcelona win 1-0 at Atlético Madrid in the top game of the Spanish league. The Catalans are now three points clear of pursuers Real Madrid, who surprisingly lost 2-1 to Villarreal yesterday.
Barça Robert Lewandowski and Jordi Alba are suspended against Atlético, but even without the two regulars there is a threesome in the cracker against Atlético. Man of the evening: Ousmane Dembélé (25).
▶ 22 minutes: Pedri with super dribbling into the Atlético penalty area. There he takes midfield buddy Gavi with him, who crosses to Dembélé. The reigning vice world champion slams the ball into the bottom left corner. 1:0 for the guests.
With the goal Dembélé – contract until 2024 – confirms his increasing form at Barcelona. After difficult early years with fluctuating performances (moved from BVB to Spain in 2017 for 140 million euros), the Frenchman is currently getting what the club managers and coach Xavi (42) are hoping for from him: constant performances at the top level.
Maybe Dembélé can even shoot the “Blaugrana” to the league title with performances of this kind. Incidentally, the Catalans were last able to secure it in the 2018/19 season.
In injury time, a crazy scene occurs: Atlético defender Savic and Barcelona striker Torres deliver a veritable wrestling match. When the ball is long gone, they pull each other’s hair, put themselves in a headlock, and push each other.
The logical result: DOUBLE RED (90.+2 minutes)!
Araujo clears a Griezmann shot in the 90th + 4 minutes on the line. Then it’s over.
Barcelona can gain a real advantage in the title race with the win, three points ahead of Los Blancos after 16 games. Atlético, on the other hand, falls back to fifth place due to the defeat. For the “Los Colchoneros” it is the first bankruptcy after four competitive wins in a row.