Barcelona have lost their one hundred percent record in La Liga last night as they needed Luis Suarez to rescue a point against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. It looked at one point as if Diego Simeone’s men would cut the gap at the top of La Liga to just three points but Barcelona and by extension Suarez had other ideas in mind.
The draw for Atletico subsequently means that they have been leapfrogged by their crosstown rivals Real Madrid into second place and now find themselves six points behind Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona outfit while now joint on points with Sevilla who dropped to fourth.
Atletico drew first blood thanks to Saul Niguez, it was a sumptuous 25 yard strike which nestled into the net much to the delight of the home fans who are still getting used to life away from the Vicente Calderon. It looked like it was going to be a magical night for those Atleti supporters.
Especially as it seemed that luck was also on their side as Lionel Messi struck the post with a free kick in the second half, with the clock ticking the game was slipping away from the Catalan giants but they did however manage to find their way back into the game.
With just eight minutes remaining Sergi Roberto floated in an inch perfect cross for Luis Suarez to connect to. The Uruguayan marksman rifled home a header to silence the majority of the stadium and ultimately give the league leaders a share of the points.
On balance a draw was probably the fair result. Atletico were the better team in the first half with Antoine Griezmann perhaps guilty of wasting the chances that were presented to him while Jan Oblak was certainly the busier keeper after the break. Both teams now move onto Champions League action in midweek.
Here is all the action from last night