Barcelona La Liga title bid faces a stern test on Sunday. When they take on Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Barca’s goals were never guaranteed without their top-scoring striker Robert Lewandowski. But Ousmane Dembele’s first-half strike was enough as the Catalans ran out 1-0 winners. But minutes before the full-time whistle, Barcelona’s Ferran Torres. And Atletico’s Stefan Savic got into an ugly brawl on the pitch. The referee had no qualms sending both players off.
Shorn of suspended top scorer Robert Lewandowski, Xavi opted for Ansu Fati up front in his place. But it was Dembele who made the difference in the 22nd minute, finishing a slick move.
Atlético piled on the pressure, the brilliant Ronald Araujo clearing the line from Antoine Griezmann at the death. But Diego Simeone’s side could not equalise.
With Atlético under pressure, the brilliant Ronald Araujo cleared off the line from Antoine Griezmann at the death. But Diego Simeone’s team could not equalize. But Ousmane Dembele’s first-half strike was enough as the Catalans ran out 1-0 winners. But a few minutes before the full-time whistle, Barcelona brought back Torres.
“We are very happy, we knew it was a difficult place. That Real Madrid slipped up and it was an opportunity for us to take.” Veteran Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets told DAZN.
“Even though they came out strong in the second half, we knew how to control the game. We lost in the end, but those are three very good points.”
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With this win, Barcelona strengthened their position at the top of the Spanish league table. Barcelona are 3 points ahead of bitter-rivals Real Madrid with 41 points from 16 matches.