He FC Barcelona has derailed from the path to the title of LaLiga Santander after tying this Tuesday, in a match with up to three goals from a penalty, against the Atlético de Madrid at the Camp Nou (2-2), a result that leaves Quique Setien’s team second and that takes pressure off the Real Madrid to establish itself in the leadership of LaLiga Santander.
A set-piece move, in which Diego Costa scored in own goal, passed the Catalan team, but Saúl neutralized the goal a few minutes later from the penalty spot. Messi and again the ilicitano midfielder met again in the eleven meters and in the second half, and with it both teams shared the points.
So, Barça fit their second consecutive draw after also stumbling over Vigo (2-2) And he has 70 points, one less than the leader Real Madrid, who could still increase his income to four if he defeats Getafe on Thursday. Those of Diego Pablo Simeone, meanwhile, are left with 59 units, seven more than the Azulones, first of the contenders for the ‘Champions’.
Neither Antoine Griezmann nor Joao Félix, the protagonists of the last great disbursements from Barcelona and Madrid, they left the game in a duel vital to the interests of both teams, which offered a frenzied first 45 minutes with numerous alternatives. First it was Carrasco who scored with a threaded shot that went close to the post, and soon after Rakitic tested Oblak with a low shot from the front.
It was the stopped ball that moved the scoreboard in the empty Coliseum of Barcelona; after a lateral fault that tried to plug in, the Argentine Leo Messi acted as desired in a corner kick, in which in the din of the area Diego Costa entered his own goal (min.11).
Lagarto’s striker had the opportunity to make up a few minutes later, when a foul in the Vidal area on Carrasco allowed him to stand before eleven meters. The penalty proved that it was not his day: Ter Stegen guessed his shot to the left and thwarted the opportunity.
However, the VAR ‘told’ Hernández Hernández that the German goalkeeper had gone ahead, and ordered to repeat. This time, yes, Saúl Ñíguez tied the contest with a shot from the same side as the Spanish-Brazilian (min.19). Messi, first with a threaded shot looking for the squad and then with a free kick before which Oblak took out a saving hand, tried to overtake the Catalans again, but the draw showed off at the break.
The match had hardly resumed after passing through the dressing rooms when the referee decreed a penalty, this time for those of Quique Setién, for a lack of Felipe on Semedo; Messi stood before the goalkeeper rojiblanco and, with a subtle shot from panenka, managed to beat him (min.50).
But the repertoire of maximum penalties had not yet ended, and only 12 minutes later Hernández Hernández returned to point the eleven meters. Semedo, this time, changed his role to take down Carrasco, and Saúl converted again to make it 2-2.
The culé box still claimed one more penalty from Giménez on Piqué in a corner, but the referee no longer whistled. A top shot by Arturo Vidal from the crown of the area and a header from Ansu Fati dismissed a match that even more buries Blaugrana’s hopes. With this, Barça may have said goodbye to the championship, something that will become more evident if Real Madrid beat Getafe this Thursday at Alfredo Di Stéfano.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets (Ansu Fati, min.84), Vidal, Rakitic (Sergi Roberto, min.63), Riqui Puig; Messi and Luis Suárez.
Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Felipe, Lodi; Llorente (Joao Félix, min.69), Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco (Lemar, min.85); Correa (Vitolo, min.85) and Diego Costa (Morata, min.75).
1-0, min.11: Diego Costa, in own door.
1-1, min.19: Saúl, from a penalty.
2-1, min.50: Messi, from a penalty.
2-2, min. 62: Saúl, from a penalty.
-Referee: Hernández Hernández (C. Las Palmas). He admonished Ter Stegen (min.17), Piqué (min.18) and Messi (min.61) by FC Barcelona and Saúl (min.35), Felipe (min.51), Diego Costa (min .75) and Carrasco (min.79) by Atlético.
-Stadium: Camp Nou. Without spectators.