Derby of R18 Spain Primera Division is without doubt game between second Barcelona and third Atletico Madrid, both of these clubs has 38 points. Last game between these two clubs decides who will be the Primera Division champion. Atletico manage to get the draw and to become new Primera Division champion.
Barcelona has a lot of problems lately, they lost in last round against Real Sociedad and there were a lot of critics on account their boss Luis Enrique and management. There are also more and more rumors about possibility that Lionel Messi would leave Barcelona in the summer transfer window. For this game except long injured Thomas Vermaelen rest of team is fit and ready for this game.
Bravo – Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta – Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Atletico on other hand had excellent week behind them, they beat their biggest rival Real Madrid in Copa Del Rey on Wednesday (2-0) and Fernando Torres return to Vincente Calderon. After this game Atletico still play return cup game against Real Madrid on Thursday. Similar to Barcelona Diego Simeone don’t have problems with injured players, he cannot count only on Cristian Ansaldi and Cani.
Atletico Madrid Lineup:
Moya – Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Gamez – Gabi, Tiago – Turan, Griezmann, Koke – Mandzukic
In 9’ first chance of the game Neymar send one good through ball toward Messi but his shot went wide. In 12’ Barcelona scored for the lead, one ball from right side manages to deflect from Suarez toward Neymar who scored from a close range. Only one minute later Barcelona could score second goal, but Jordi Alba shot was saved. In 15’ first chance for Atletico Madrid Koke shot was close but misses to the left side. In 22’ another great chance for Barcelona Suarez did well on the right side and send an excellent cross toward Neymar who miss the entire goal from close range. In 28’ another chance for Barcelona but Messi shot from close range was deflected by Moya. In 35’ it was 2-0 for Barcelona Messi received one ball on the right side near the middle of the field and then storm toward Atletico goal, just outside the box he sent a good through ball toward Suarez who didn’t have problems scoring from a close range. Barcelona was dominating in first half with huge 74%-26% ball possession. In 56’ Messi makes one foul over Gamez in the box and referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco show on penalty kick, Mario Mandzukic converts penalty into 2-1 for Barcelona. In 77’ good fast break from Atletico but Bravo manages to get to the ball before Torres and save his goal. In 80’ another chance for Atletico, Turan sent excellent ball toward Torres whose shot from difficult angle was deflected by Bravo. After deflection Raul Garcia tried from outside the box but his shot was saved by Bravo. In 84’ finally a chance for Barcelona, after a good cross from Neymar Messi shot was saved by Moya. In 87’ Barcelona scored third goal Rakitic send one ball toward center of the box in first attempt Messi missed the ball but ball deflect from Garcia back to Messi who scored from a close range.
With this win Barcelona is again one point behind Real Madrid and three points in front Atletico Madrid in Primera Division. You can see full standings and results for Spain Primera Division here.
Spain Primera Division R18: Barcelona – Atletico Madrid 3 – 1, Match Center