Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona to set up Supercopa derby with Madrid
Atletico Madrid battled again to beat Barcelona three-2 within the semifinals of the Spanish Supercopa in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night time in a wildly entertaining in shape that featured five second-1/2 dreams.
Both teams fielded complete-electricity sides for the risk to play Real Madrid, who beat Valencia on Wednesday inside the different semi, inside the final of the first-ever 4-team Super Cup opposition.
Barcelona had by means of a ways the better of the opening forty five mins, but had been held scoreless through Atleti inside the first 1/2 notwithstanding spending plenty of time of their opponent’s penalty location.
Tempers flared as the groups went to the dressing room tied zero-0, with Luis Suarez surpassed a yellow card for confronting Atleti’s Joao Felix and Stefan Savic additionally booked for coming to his teammate’s defence.
Diego Simeone introduced Koke on at half of-time for Hector Herrera and seconds after the restart the Spain global had Atleti in the front, slotting past Neto inside the Barca net from a smart Angel Correa assist.
Barcelona hit right back through Lionel Messi, even though, because the team’s talisman bulldozed his manner into the Atleti field and lashed domestic a shot beyond Jan Oblak to even the rating mins into the second one 1/2.
“It became a completely abnormal recreation, it changed into very warm and it became very difficult for us but fortunately we have been capable to turn things around and win,” Correa said.
“We got the victory due to the fact we had faith, we had been always looking to win the game, we did that and we are very glad.”
Messi produced more magic simply before the hour mark, with any other cute goal dominated out after VAR confirmed the ball had bounced off the Barca No. 10’s higher arm earlier than he shot.
However, Barca’s subsequent aim counted, as Antoine Griezmann nodded inside the rebound after a powerful Suarez header from Jordi Alba’s inch-best, whipped in pass fell to him to make it 2-1.
The La Liga leaders had any other goal dominated out by way of VAR later in the 2d 1/2, this time for a marginal offside on Arturo Vidal when he squared to Gerard Pique for what gave the look of Barcelona’s third aim of the suit.
The huge-open second 1/2 raged on and Vitolo, who had most effective simply come off the bench, drew a penalty from Neto for tripping in the region and Alvaro Morata frivolously stepped up and sent the Barca keeper the incorrect way to get Atleti returned on stage phrases.
Atleti, who hadn’t overwhelmed Barca given that 2016, were denied a clean penalty for handball on Pique quickly after their equaliser, but they had take the lead in the 86th minute whilst Correa were given in in the back of the Barca defence and beat Neto at hand his crew the win.
Griezmann rued his facet’s overdue crumble and put it all the way down to Atletico’s advanced energy ranges.
“We misplaced the game due to our errors and in the long run they had more power in their legs even as we struggled,” he stated.
“We made more than one awful passes and I gave the ball away for their remaining intention. It’s the little things like that which can lead to you dropping a sport or a identify.”
The result sets up a Madrid derby at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, with Real and Atleti taking the sphere within the Supercopa very last on Sunday