Barca Edge Atletico

Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in their Uefa Champions League quarter-final at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.  The Catalans started the game well as they looked to control the possession and break down the well organised Atletico defence.  It was the away team who took the lead against the run of play though as Koke slid through Fernando Torres who finished calmly by putting the ball through Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s legs to give his side a vital away goal on 25 minutes.
 
Torres was fired up after his goal and got himself in trouble as he received two yellow cards in a matter of seven minutes to be sent off on 36 minutes.  And so Atleti werer down to 10 men on 36 minutes.  Barca looked to apply pressure but could not find a goal before half-time. 
 
The second half started in frantic fashion as Luis Enrique’s men went all out in their search for a goal.  It was Neymar who came close on 50 minutes when he cut into the box but his curling effort rattled the cross bar.  Diego Simeone’s side was defending very deep allowing the home side to attack.
 
The attacks eventually paid off on 63 minutes when a Dani Alves cross found Jordi Alba at the back post who mishit his shot but the ball fell straight to Luis Suarez who was in the right place to have a tap in to level the scores.  Suarez then made it two on 74 minutes to put his side in the lead.  It was an Alves cross that found the Uruguayan close to the penalty spot and the striker made no mistake finishing with a powerful header past Jan Oblak.
 
2-1 was the final score and the tie is perfectly poised going into the second leg in Madrid next week at the Vicente Calderon.
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