Atlético de Madrid removed its thorn by defeating Barcelona 1-0, which it had never beaten in LaLiga Santander in the stage of Argentine coach Diego Pablo Simeone, a result forged with a lot of effort, but helped by a blunder by Gerard Piqué, who then came out due to an injury to Piqué.
With the triumph at home, the colchoneros equal Real Sociedad with 20 points in the LaLiga leadership and put a distance of nine units with Barcelona.
A goal by Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco just before half-time in a counterattack after a Barça team corner kick, in which the Belgian dodged German goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen in midfield and shot into an empty goal gave victory to an Atlético who was superior and enjoyed opportunities to have sentenced the match before.
Atlético de Madrid showed that, today, it can be considered the number one candidate for the LaLiga Santander title, by game, by efficiency, by forcefulness, by voracity, by seriousness and by sobriety, virtues that it exhibited in the Metropolitan Wanda for defeat Barcelona (1-0), which is remarkably touched.
Not only did Atlético de Madrid extend their streak of league matches without losing to 24. They also added their fifth consecutive victory and Simeone finally beat Barcelona in LaLiga. He also did it with solvency against a Barcelona that is no less than nine points behind the rojiblancos.
Not even the absence, due to COVID-19, of the Uruguayan Luis Suárez, this season the reference to the goal after arriving from Barcelona itself, reduced the athletic ordeal one iota. Simeone’s men completed another magnificent match against Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and company.
Barcelona threatened at times, but only that. He was unable to overwhelm the best defense of the tournament and Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak. The team of the Dutch Ronald Koeman, whose project has not really started yet, remains touched.
ERROR AND PIQUÉ INJURY
And also, to the losses of Ansu Fati or Sergio Busquets was joined by Gerard Piqué, who had to retire at 59 minutes with an injury to his right knee after Argentine Ángel Correa fell on him, leaving Barcelona with low morale. , after a mistake that he made and that forced a hasty exit in goal that decided the game in favor of Atlético.
The goal came in the extension of the first half. Belgian Yannick Carrasco took advantage of a ball that Piqué lost in Barcelona’s midfield. He beat German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in his hasty exit and scored from a distance into an empty goal. It was the reward for that magnificent staging and an evolution of Atlético that does not stop bearing fruit.