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Atletico Madrid 0-1 Barcelona: Late Lionel Messi winner sends champions top

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has scored 30 goals against Atletico Madrid in all competitions during his career, second only to the 37 he has registered against Sevilla

Lionel Messi scored a sublime late winner as champions Barcelona defeated Atletico Madrid to return to the top of La Liga.

Messi curled sweetly into the corner of Jan Oblak's goal from the edge of the penalty box with four minutes remaining for his 11th goal in 10 games.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen had earlier made two magnificent saves to deny Mario Hermoso and Alvaro Morata for Atletico.

Barcelona climb from third to move above Real Madrid on goal difference.

Zinedine Zidane's Real defeated Alaves 2-1 to go top on Saturday, while Sevilla - just one point further back - beat Leganes 1-0 to temporarily take second earlier on Sunday.

It had appeared the visitors would be made to settle for a point at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid after centre-back Gerard Pique's header had hit the crossbar and Oblak prevented Ivan Rakitic from finding the breakthrough.

Atletico missed several chances to take the lead themselves, but German international Ter Stegen's incredible reaction saves - first from Hermoso's close-range shot and then Morata's header - kept Diego Simeone's side out.

Messi's late winner from a perfect Luis Suarez perfect lay-off means Atletico have failed to win any of their last 19 league matches against Barcelona, a run stretching back to February 2010.

And while defeat was perhaps harsh on Simeone's side, the 2013-14 champions find themselves six points adrift of the leaders in the Spanish top flight.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 23Trippier
  • 18FelipeBooked at 73mins
  • 22Hermoso
  • 8Saúl
  • 10CorreaBooked at 21minsSubstituted forLemarat 73'minutes
  • 16HerreraSubstituted forLodi dos Santosat 87'minutes
  • 5ParteyBooked at 8mins
  • 6Koke
  • 9Morata
  • 7SequeiraSubstituted forMachín Pérezat 66'minutesBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 1Adán
  • 4Arias
  • 11Lemar
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 14Llorente
  • 17Saponjic
  • 20Machín Pérez

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3PiquéBooked at 32minsSubstituted forUmtitiat 83'minutes
  • 15LengletBooked at 65mins
  • 24FirpoBooked at 18mins
  • 21de Jong
  • 4RakiticBooked at 51mins
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forVidalat 73'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez
  • 17Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 16Wague
  • 19Aleñá
  • 22Vidal
  • 23Umtiti
  • 27Pérez
  • 31Fati
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
64,198

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Barcelona. Marc-André ter Stegen tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Arturo Vidal.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Renan Lodi replaces Héctor Herrera.

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Vitolo tries a through ball, but Saúl Ñíguez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Samuel Umtiti replaces Gerard Piqué because of an injury.

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Arthur.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Thomas Lemar replaces Ángel Correa.

Booking

Felipe (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Felipe (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt blocked. Kieran Trippier (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Correa with a cross.

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).

Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Vitolo (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez following a fast break.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Júnior Firpo.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Vitolo replaces João Félix.

Booking

Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Clément Lenglet (Barcelona).

Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Júnior Firpo (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

Foul by Júnior Firpo (Barcelona).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st December 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona14101336162031
2Real Madrid1494130111931
3Sevilla159331914530
4Real Sociedad158252618826
5Ath Bilbao15753179826
6Atl Madrid156721610625
7Getafe156632316724
8Valencia156542221123
9Osasuna155732117422
10Granada156362020021
11Levante156271821-320
12Real Betis155461925-619
13Villarreal155372824418
14Alavés155371720-318
15Real Valladolid154651418-418
16Eibar154381527-1215
17Mallorca154291423-914
18Celta Vigo153481020-1013
19Espanyol1523101028-189
20Leganés151311825-176
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