Barcelona came from behind after Fernando Torres opened the scoresheet, nutmegging ter Stegen, but Luis Suarez in the second half scored twice and turned the game around.
Barcelona first eleven: Ter Stegen, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Busquets (Sergi Roberto), Rakitic (Rafinha), Iniesta (Arda Turan), Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Atletico Madrid first eleven: Oblak, Juanfran, Lucas, Godín, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Saul (Correa), Koke, Carrasco (Fernandez), Griezmann (Partey), Torres
The final result:
|BAR||2 - 1||ATL|
Barcelona had a good start, looked prepared to deal with Atletico's high pressing and had dangerous actions around the box. Neymar had a good header and almost scored the opener, after that the game became more balanced. Atletico was dangerous and precise when it came to attacking and that led to the opening goal. Fernando Torres finished with ease through Ter Stegen's legs. in the 25th minute and gave Atleti the lead, from Koke's nice assist. Fernando Torres went from hero to zero 10 minutes later being sent off after two stupid yellow cards to leave his side in 10.
Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring. (Source: Reuters)
The hosts improved in the second half, the visitors focusing on defending, there were some occasions, a beautiful shot by Neymar that hit the crossbar and a header from the Brazilian himself that was saved by keeper Jan Oblak. The goal looked more and more likely, and after fifteen minutes of insane pressure it came. A cross from Dani Alves found Jordi Alba, and his errant shot hit Luis Suárez and went in for the equalizer in 63th minute. Alves was at it again, with another perfect cross that found Luis Suarez that headed home with force to give Barça the lead in the 74th minute.
That was the story of the Champions League quarter final first leg and we are looking up for the second leg, it will be very interesting to see how Diego Simeone's side will approach the next game.
In the meantime, the battle between the two teams continues in La Liga as they are separated by 6 points, Barcelona being at the top of the table with 76 points. This weekend Barcelona will visit Real Sociedad while Atletico will face Espanyol in Barcelona.