MADRID (AP) – Diego Simeone finally beat Barcelona in a league duel and dealt a serious blow to Barça’s aspirations in the fight for the title. Atlético de Madrid shares the top for now, on a day when Real Madrid lost points and Barça languished in the middle of the table.
Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco masterfully defined a counterattack and Atlético de Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 on Saturday. This was the first victory in La Liga for the rojiblancos over the Barça team since February 14, 2010, when they won 2-1.
“In football, sometimes you have to win or lose. We had always been close to being able to win against Barcelona, ”said Argentine Simeone.” Today we had to win. I am very happy with the team’s effort. “
The Argentine striker Ángel Correa recovered the ball, after a bad reception from defender Gerard Piqué, and launched Carrasco, who crossed the midfield line, took off goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen, who came out desperate, and defined through a long shot with an open bow in the last action of the first half.
“We are very happy to have won here at home. I already had a while that we had not won against Barça. We keep fighting, because the team is doing well and we keep working, ”Carrasco said.
Atlético extended its unbeaten streak to 24 league games – counting last year – and ranks second with 20 points and two pending games. Real Sociedad adds the same units, with a better goal difference, and visits Cádiz this Sunday.
Barcelona got stuck again to be tenth with 11 units for the 10th day of the tournament.
For the Argentine coach Simeone, the wait to beat Barcelona is over. They did it until their 18th league game (one win, six draws and 11 losses). Atlético boasts the fourth-best non-loss streak in the league with its 24 games (15 wins and nine draws).
“The group is very good. That gives us hope to be able to work. Being accomplices in the search for what you want ”, highlighted“ Cholo ”Simeone.
Carrasco’s goal was the reward for the hosts, who were unlucky enough to take the lead when Ter Stegen slapped a shot from Saúl Ñíguez that was on target after four minutes. Shortly after Marcos Llorente crashed a half turn on the crossbar.
Argentine star Lionel Messi had an option to score with a shot down the stretch of the first half, but the ball was saved by Slovenian Jan Oblak.
“Lio” saw his 800 duel with Barcelona tarnished over 17 years (742 officials and 58 friendlies).
The bad news grew for Barça in the complement, when Piqué had to leave the field due to a right knee injury at 60 minutes.
Atlético put together their 19th game without losing at the Wanda Metropolitano (15 wins and four draws). His last fall dates back to December 1, 2019 against Barça (1-0).
REAL MADRID JUST RESCUE TIE AGAINST VILLARREAL
A decimated Real Madrid suffered a lot to sign equality in his visit to Villarreal.
The “Yellow Submarine” failed to reflect a clear superiority in the second half and drew 1-1 against the La Liga champion, who did not have several starters due to injuries.
The Spanish-Dominican striker Mariano Díaz put the meringues ahead with a header from Dani Carvajal in the second minute.
Gerard Moreno matched via penalty after converting a foul committed by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on Nigerian midfielder Samuel Chukwueze in the 76th.
Madrid was left with 17 points in fourth position and with a pending duel; the “Yellow Submarine” is third with 19 after the day’s duels are over.
“We had very important casualties, and many,” said defender Nacho Fernández, who replaced Sergio Ramos at Madrid. “With everything that is happening, it is not easy to face the games, but it is not an excuse, we have a good squad for all the games and the team has shown its face today.”
Mariano had played just 14 minutes this season. He sent the first danger option to the networks when he was a starter in the absence of Frenchman Karim Benzema due to an illness.
The meringues did not have other starters either, such as captain Ramos, Brazilian Casemiro and Uruguayan Federico Valverde. They did not even summon two substitutes, the Serbian Luka Jovic and the Brazilian Militao.
Mariano started for the first time since May 5, 2019, when he achieved a double just against Villarreal. He reached 11 points as a merengue and six in seven games as a starter.
But the absences after the break for the FIFA date weighed and in the complement the team was blurred. Villarreal was not fine in the definition to turn the scoreboard around and signed the equalizer with Moreno’s penalty.
Sevilla had the ability to react to come back and beat Celta de Vigo 4-2.
Jules Koundé (5 ′) Youssef En-Nesyri (45 ′) Sergio Escudero (85 ′) Munir El Haddadi (87 ′) made the targets for Sevilla, which climbed to 7th position with 13 points.
Iago Aspas (10 ′) and Nolito (36 ′) scored for the Galician team, which had the debut as coach of Argentine Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet and remained in the penultimate position with seven points.
Earlier, Levante drew 1-1 at home with Elche.
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