November 25, 2018 2:04
An Ousmane Dembelé goal on the edge of the 90th minute frustrated Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid with a late equalizer when the Atletico side felt almost their victory and superiority, with a header from Diego Costa, in a null battle, very tactical and practically harmless.
Everything is the same as for Atletico, not for Barcelona, waiting for the results of Sunday's Sevilla to stay in the head of the classification, after an 80-minute immovable match, which shook Costa Diego 1-0 at that time and ended with a disputed draw with Dembelé for saved. There have been so many clashes between Atletico and Barcelona that no one trusts anyone.
Everything in planning is very measurable. The stage was no longer a surprise, a good style confrontation: possession was for Barca's block, undeniable at the start, less as the minutes passed.
There is nothing new in a duel that starts from the future, it is also very measured by tactics, content of risks, improving every detail, but also with the intensity needed by the fight to reach the top. Each ball appears at the last moment, wherever it is, as if the result depends on the ball.
All in tense calm that knows that every action, any mistake, from one side or another can make a difference; first with the rhythm proposed by Barcelona from the ball. It caused a moment to step back from Athletic one, armed around Oblak; Rondo is more than a chance produced, sometimes scared when Messi grabs the ball … until his rival recomposed his structure in the middle.
Too far from the opponent's area during the first stage, with almost no combination going forward, with difficulty at the exit, Simeone moved two parts: Saúl, from the middle to the band; Koke, from the band in the middle. The result is not only Atletico who is more visible in other fields, but also less followed by his opponents.
In the first half, half time at Atletico – permission by Gerard Piqué headed for the goal that Sol Stegen was broken -; half the chance Barcelona – center Sergi Roberto who is innocent, who then retires due to injury – and draws without results, waits for the second half, a plus that requires winning the game dimensions and complexity like that. No one has assumed that responsibility with determined determination.
Both Atlético and Barcelona. Both Griezmann and Diego Costa or Lemar, especially gray, in the Rojiblanco set, or Messi, except for some encouragement, or Luis Suárez, unwittingly, in the Barca block. There are no players playing among the three clubs. Not the first time or almost all the second.
Barcelona controlled the ball, but the ball did not hit, it did not even penetrate the last meter, slowed by local rigidity; Atlético wants a counterattack, but it can't, too, waiting in its own field for the opportunity to spread offensive skills that are best managed.
He threw Griezmann's perfect corner kick, he spent time at the far post of Diego Costa, with determination that no one had until then, in the 80th minute, just like Dembelé, Valverde's last-minute source, to utilize "clarified" by Messi and save one point for Barcelona.
/// TECHNICAL DATA SHEET ///
1 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Arias, Savic, Lucas, Filipe; Koke, Rodrigo, Saul, Lemar (Vitolo, m.63); Griezmann and Diego Costa (Correa, m.80).
1 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Sergi Roberto (Rafinha, m.46), Busquets, Arthur (Dembelé, m.80), Vidal (Malcom, m.84); Messi and Luis Suárez. Objective: 1-0, m. 78: Diego Costa heads a corner taken by Griezmann. 1-1, m. 90: Dembelé beats Oblak by net. Referee: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). He rebuked locals Lucas (39), Griezmann (48), Rodrigo (86) and Filipe Luis (87) and visitors to Busquets (29) and Rafinha (92). Incident: the party that matches the thirteenth round of LaLiga Santander, is played at the Metropolitan Wanda Stadium before around 67,000 spectators.