Champions League - Quarter Finals - 1st Leg
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Barcelona 1-1 Atlético Madrid

Diego

Diego's stunning away goal allowed Atletico Madrid to take a slender advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final as they drew with Barcelona.

Atletico were on top until top scorer Diego Costa went off injured, but they recovered after the break as his replacement Diego scored from 30 yards.

Andres Iniesta's defence-splitting pass then allowed Neymar to curl in.

Iniesta's effort was saved as Barca chased a winner but Atletico held firm.

Diego Simeone's side withstood late pressure as Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also stopped Lionel Messi's free-kick by diving to his left.

But the visitors, who were making their first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals since 1997, showed the defensive solidity that has taken them to the top of the Spanish league, a point ahead of their Catalan hosts.

The result was a fourth draw between the two sides this season, showing the slim difference between them as they chase a Spanish and European double.

Four-time winners Barcelona have the far greater European experience despite their Argentine manager Gerardo Martino only taking charge at the Nou Camp at the start of the season.

However, they will need to show the intensity that was in evidence towards the end of this tempestuous encounter and avoid the slow start that allowed Atletico to establish themselves.

Barca almost went behind as early as the fourth minute when David Villa wasted a golden chance to score against his former team following Jose Manuel Pinto's poor clearance.

They were also hampered by a 12th-minute back injury to Gerard Pique as Barca goalkeeper Pinto did little to reassure his defenders in place of the injured Victor Valdes.

Atletico were then rocked by a hamstring injury to their top scorer Costa after 28 minutes and they will hope he can recover for their title run-in.

With Atletico reorganising, Barca recovered with Messi finding the magic touch in his feet to conjure up a chance for Iniesta, whose effort on goal was superbly blocked by Diego Godin.

Simeone's side have not reached La Liga summit without being able to tussle with the very best though, and as the game became more fractious, Villa caught the hosts' defence square before his curling effort was pushed away by Pinto before the break.

Atletico continued to harass their opponents, who had reached a record-equalling seventh consecutive Champions League quarter-final, and they took the lead with a barnstorming strike from Diego.

There seemed little danger when the diminutive Brazilian took possession close to the touchline but he then hammered his shot inside Pinto's near post.

With the Nou Camp stunned, Barca chased an equaliser and after Sergio Busquets had tested Courtois they finally broke Atletico's resistance with a stunning pass from Iniesta. The Spanish midfielder's diagonal through ball set up Neymar's well-taken finish.

Iniesta was then inches from earning the lead as he was denied by Courtois. And the Atletico goalkeeper, who is on loan from Chelsea, then gave his side hope for next week's second leg with a save to stop Messi winning the game.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 18AlbaBooked at 58mins
  • 16Busquets
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forBartraat 12'minutes
  • 14Mascherano
  • 6Xavi
  • 4FábregasSubstituted forSánchezat 68'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 11Neymar
  • 8IniestaBooked at 56mins

Substitutes

  • 7Pedro
  • 9Sánchez
  • 15Bartra
  • 17Song
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Sergi
  • 25Olazábal Paredes

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20JuanfranBooked at 52mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 14GabiBooked at 38mins
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 10TuranBooked at 44minsSubstituted forRodríguezat 77'minutes
  • 5Tiago
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forDiegoat 30'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 9VillaSubstituted forSosaat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6KokeBooked at 19mins

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 4Suárez
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa
  • 26Diego
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
79,941

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away24

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.
Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona).
Diego (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid).
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Tiago.
Foul by Marc Bartra (Barcelona).
Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).
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