Atlético wins the sprint

first_imgGoals0-1, 45 ‘: Koke, 1-1, 50 ‘: Messi, 2-1, 61 ‘: Griezmann, 2-2, 80 ‘: Morata, 2-3, 85 ‘: belt After an epic semifinal, Atlético de Madrid showed that to resist is to win and qualified for the Super Cup final against Real Madrid after defeating Barcelona 2-3. The Cholo endured a shower of football from the Catalans during much of the game commanded by a huge Messi, but between Oblak, the VAR, the errors behind and the faith of Atlético the mattresses had a decisive final sprint and won their prize against an exhausted Barça.Valverde ended all speculation about the possibility of giving relief in the eleventh Barça holder to play the semifinal of this competition, which already made it clear that he does not like a hair and opted for the ‘Toshack path’, the same always. And between ‘themselves’ and ‘always’ put the epithet they consider. The only concession was to include Umtiti, who had a tachycardia match, in the initial eleven against an Atletico in which he highlighted the inclusion of Savic in the initial eleven. The rest, as planned considering that Koke, did not arrive for 90 minutes.After a few first minutes in which Correa gave Umtiti a very bad life, Barça took control of the game in an absolute way, but he lacked to kill when Atlético was more acclaimed, who trusted everything to the colossal figure of Oblak. The goalkeeper of Atletico avoided Messi’s goal in 22 minutes after combining with Alba, in 40 he made it clear that he knows all the tricks of Griezmann when the French faced him in the one on one and a minute later he cut making the difficult easy a shot at the first touch of Suarez. ChangesKoke (45 ‘, Héctor Herrera), Vitolo (66 ‘, Renan Augusto), Marcos Llorente (71 ‘, Koke), Rakitic (85 ‘, Busquets), Ansu Fati (87 ‘, Frenkie De Jong) Simeone was the first to move piece and his change was providential since Koke, who had entered by Herrera turned the first ball he touched into goal at the end of a play in which Joao raffled off Arturo Vidal with Umtiti absolutely misplaced. It took 20 seconds of the second half and Barça had to row again against the current. Faced with the blow, Valverde pulled from manual, in plan ‘in case of emergency, break the glass’ put Ansu to warm up, but in the interim, Messi took two rebounds against Savic and Koke, very soft, and tied the game with the right five minutes later. Not even Oblak, who was in Zamora mode, came to his shot. The giant mattress did not collapse, which five minutes later frustrated Griezmann’s goal again. The ‘try again’ poster came out again. He was successfully tested by Messi again, but the VAR annulled his second goal based on the rule that any hand in attack is a goal. He did not discourage that from an unchained Barça who scored the second minute after Griezmann invalidated the nth inning Oblak miracle at the end of Suarez. After trying so much, the goal ended up coming.Seeing that he was behind on the scoreboard Simeone withdrew Lodi to place Saul as a side, but his plan was frustrated when Koke was injured at 20 minutes and Marcos Llorente was replaced, which in his first action saw yellow. From that fault, another goal by Piqué was annulled by a VAR that valued Vidal’s shoulder more than Felipe’s hand, which enabled him.Clearer was the penalty that Netto committed on Vitolo after loss of Busquets that Morata converted in the tie ten minutes from the end. Ten minutes of madness in which Piqué’s penalty was requested and in the face of chaos, Correa sentenced the game after Morata’s play leaving the best Barça of the season drowned on the shore. The sprint was from Atlético. The trident in the middle of Barça tried his luck in the raffle and Oblak thwarted his attempts with the sign that ‘try it again, luckier next time’. It was a game that was already clear in that first part that he was going to have to fight from end to end. With an intensity that left the semifinal of the previous day between Valencia and Madrid at the level of a preseason game.Barca dominated the game and possession, but Atlético resisted and sought their options either from afar or at a stopped ball. Thomas tried it from a distance and Herrera stopped the ball in a very close side foul. Net was perfect in both attempts.It remained to be seen if Barça, which is accustomed to sudden blackouts, was going to last the gasoline during the 90 minutes before an Atletico who gave the feeling of being reserved for what could happen. The Cholo left the first half alive above the game, in which Barcelona prevailed, but the tension was palpable. For proof, the three cards showed by the referee on the way to changing rooms in the middle after a brawl between Joao and Alba to which Messi was added. None of the three saw card, but the defenders of the companions (Savic, Saul and Luis Suarez) went to the locker room with a yellow in a prelude of a second part that ventured vertigo. CardsReferee: José Luis González GonzálezVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraPique (30 ‘, Yellow) Thomas (34 ‘, Yellow) Luis Suarez (47 ‘, Yellow) Savic (47 ‘, Yellow) Felipe Monteiro (63 ‘, Yellow) Marcos Llorente (72 ‘, Yellow) Vidal (76 ‘, Yellow) Net (79 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more