Suarez brace completes Barca comeback against Atleti

Suarez brace completes Barca comeback against Atleti
Who are you backing, Suarez or Griezmann? (photo: vavel)
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Atletico Madrid
Barcelona: (4-3-3) Ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Atletico Madrid: (4-3-3) Oblak; Juanfran, Hernandez, Godin, Filipe Luis; Saul, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Torres, Ferreira Carrasco.

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid. Until next time, goodbye!

Still, Atletico Madrid aren't out of the tie at all. They only need a 1-0 win at home, something that they're well capable of. 

It looked like it could have been so different when Fernando Torres put the visitors ahead, with Barca struggling to get behind the Atletico defence. However, Torres' sending off changed things hugely, allowing Barcelona back into the game. 

That's it, Luis Suarez's brace helps Barca get the job done at home, they take the smallest of leads into the second leg.

Full-time: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid (Suarez x2, Torres)

90: Five minutes of added time announced.

89: Late Atleti corner, but they can't find an equaliser. 

83: Javier Mascherano gets booked, whilst ex-Atleti player Arda Turan comes on for Andres Iniesta.

81: Sergi Roberto replaces Sergio Busquets for the hosts.

78: Hmm. Neymar gets the ball far away from goal but knocks it past Lucas Fernandez, and begins to sprint away. Fernandez brings him down with a terrible challenge, but it's just a yellow. Lucky boy.

76: Diego Simeone responding to the goal, Thomas Partey replaces Griezmann.

75: Brilliant play from Barcelona! Messi to Suarez, who pings it out to Alves on the right, his cross finds Suarez again, the striker getting a huge amount of power on it to head past Oblak.

GOAL! Suarez at the double, 2-1 Barca!

70: Suarez, who was lucky to get away with a little kick in the first half, gets away with just a booking after shoving Filipe Luis.

63: Patience, brilliance from Barca. Neymar cuts inside, slips it to Messi, who drags men out before sliding the ball to Alves. Alves' cross evades everyone but Alba, with his shot being dragged to towards Suarez, who was in the right place at the right time to smother the ball in. Barca make a change during the celebrations, Rafinha on for Rakitic.

GOAL! Barcelona are level, Suarez!!

62: Neymar with what seems like his 100th effort of the evening. Atletico, at their peril, allow him to cut inside, with the Brazilian curling an effort just wide of the post.

56: It's like attack - defence in a training session at the moment, Messi using his superior dribbling to jink inside past two men, before Oblak gets down low into the corner to save his shot.

55: Another chance comes and goes for Neymar, heading straight at Oblak from an Alves cross.

54: First change of the night for Atletico, Carrasco off for Augusto Fernandez.

51: Off the bar! Barcelona knocking on the door in no uncertain terms. Neymar collects it on the left hand side of the area, cutting inside before curling an effort against the woodwork. Atleti are being pinned back, rather than sitting back.

49: Just wide! Magical stuff from Messi, who takes Neymar's dink on the chest before executing a wonderful overhead kick in a tight pocket of space, narrowly wide.

47: Barca get on the counter attack for a change, Messi momentarily threads Suarez through, only for the flag to go up for offside. Atletico go up the other end from the resulting free-kick, Busquets booked for an elbow.

45: Kick-off, the second half begins.

Fernando Torres with the only goal of the game so far, minutes before he was sent off. Will that red card change the game significantly in the second half? We'll have to wait and see.

Half-time: Barcelona 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Torres)

45: Into two minutes of added time, Neymar snakes away from a couple of defenders, only to send a shot crashing over the bar.

38: You know things aren't quite clicking for Barcelona when Javier Mascherano decides it's time for him to shoot from 30 yards. Saved easily by Oblak.

36: Diego Simeone is furious, and it looks like he has reason to be. Torres has been given his second yellow card, for a completely pointless challenge on the halfway line, fouling Sergio Busquets. That'll be a big boost for Barca, who have had nothing go their way so far.

Red card! Fernando Torres is off!

32: Almost two for Atleti! Griezmann beats Alba to a ball over the top, stabbing his foot at it, forcing Ter Stegen into a fine save in the corner of his net. Koke the next in the book.

29: Goalscorer Torres gets the first booking of the night, given a yellow for hacking down Neymar as the winger ran inside across the middle of the pitch.

25: Perfect play from the visitors, they slow the play down before boom boom, goal. Koke slides a no-look pass inbetween the two defenders, finding Torres' run, and the striker makes no mistake in putting the ball past Ter Stegen.

GOAL! Fernando Torres puts Atletico ahead!

20: Close! That's the best chance so far, wasted by Neymar. Great cross from Dani Alves, met by his fellow Brazilian, but nodded agonisingly over the bar.

14: Another applause for Johan Cruyff comes in the 14th minute, extended all around the stadium.

13: Lovely work from Jordi Alba, who leaves Juanfran in his wake before clipping the ball back for Messi, only for the Argentine to slice his volley wide.

5: First effort on goal of the night, Messi drifting in from the right before lashing a low effort just around the corner of the near post.

3: Atletico starting as they mean to go on, two solid blocks of four when Barca are attacking. Messi attempts to chip a ball over the top for Suarez, but Oblak is off his line to get there first.

0: Kick-off, we're underway!

The teams are on their way out to a mass of noise at the Camp Nou, with the Champions League anthem blaring.

Here's how Atletico Madrid are lining up: (4-3-3) Oblak; Juanfran, Hernandez, Godin, Filipe Luis; Saul, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Torres, Ferreira Carrasco.

Team news! Barcelona starting XI: (4-3-3) Ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar.

After both progressed through from the group stage with relative comfort, Barcelona and Atletico couldn't have made it past the last 16 in more contrasting circumstances. Pitted against Arsenal, again, Barcelona secured the tie by winning 2-0 away from home in the first leg, finishing the job 3-1 back in Spain to triumph 5-1 on aggregate. Atleti were held to two 0-0 draw's by PSV, eventually going through 7-6 on penalties in a tense shoot-out. 

Atletico, meanwhile, warmed up for this match in triumphant fashion, thrashing Real Betis 5-1 at home. Antoine Griezmann scored a brace in a match that was virtually over by half-time, and he's someone the Barca defence will have to keep a close eye on tonight.

Benzema celebrates a goal on Saturday with Messi, who was kept out, looks on (photo: getty)
Benzema celebrates a goal on Saturday with Messi, who was kept out, looks on (photo: getty)

MSN did draw a blank on Saturday, with Barcelona's 39 game unbeaten run coming to the end at the hands of Real Madrid. Despite Gerard Pique's goal putting the hosts ahead, Atletico's city rivals battled back with late strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Yes, I'm indeed referring to 'MSN'. In the form of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barcelona have the most feared attacking trio in world football currently. The three of them have already scored over 100 goals combined this season, and we've still got a large chunk left. Messi in particular will be hoping to get on the scoresheet tonight, with his next goal set to be his 500th professional strike - an astonishing feat.

One of the biggest stumbling block's that Luis Enrique's team will come up against in this year's tournament will be the Atletico defence, with Diego Simeone's men having conceded just 15 goals in 31 league games this season - 11 less than Barca. However, four of those 15 have been against Barcelona, who have certainly got some firepower at the other end of the pitch. Diego Godin will be in the defence, having passed a late fitness test.

Whilst from the outset, you'd consider Barcelona favourites for the tie, there's no easy game at this stage - especially when you're playing Atletico. No team has ever retained the Champions League, and it's going to be a pretty big ask for Barca to do so. 

So, we're down to the last eight in Europe's premier club competition, with two of the favourites to lift the trophy in May pitted against each other, in a battle between two of the three giants in Spanish football. Barcelona are the current holders of the trophy, whilst Atletico came within a whisker of winning it the season before, conceding a late equaliser to rivals Real Madrid in the final, then falling apart in extra time.

Good evening, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of tonight's UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Kick-off in Spain, with the Nou Camp tonight's venue, is set for 19:45 BST, so stick with us until then as we build up to the match and get the all important team news!