Saturday December 15, 2012 Day 16 Camp Nou

FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid

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  1. Liga - Barcelona strengthen lead at the top

    Liga - Barcelona strengthen lead at the top

    Barcelona produced a dominant display to see off second-placed Atletico Madrid, with Lionel Messi hitting a brace. More

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    • 90+2' And there goes the full time whistle. A superb win for Barcelona as they took control of the game in the second half while the away side's performance levels completely dropped.
    • 90+1' Villa shoots from distance but his effort deflects over the bar for a corner.
    • 90' Two minutes of injury time to be played.
    • 89' It really was terrible play from Atletico.
    • 88' Messi gets his second as he takes advantage of some sloppy play from Atletico and dinks the ball over Courtois after dispossessing Godin.
    • 87' The answer is no as Valdes comes and claims the corner with ease.
    • 87' Atletico win a corner. Can they force anything from this? That would make it interesting.
    • 86' Thiago goes into the book for Barcelona after a strong challenge on Gabi.
    • 85' Dani Alves comes on for Adriano who has had a great game. Top goal as well.
    • 84' Atletico probing the Barca defence for the first time in a long while but they have little luck in getting anywhere.
    • 82' Barca are playing this game at their own pace, passing it around and making Atletico work.
    • 81' Alba and Villa combine well but the striker's touch just lets him down and the move comes to an end. Unlucky.
    • 80' Busquets tees up Iniesta on the edge of the box. His effort takes a deflection off Miranda but Courtois makes the stop with his legs.
    • 79' Villa comes on for Pedro. He has worked hard tonight.
    • 78' Iniesta gets forward down the left and does well to win his side the corner.
    • 77' David Villa looks as if he is about to come on.
    • 76' Adriano does well to get forward down the right. He sends a ball into the box but Atletico head clear.
    • 75' Thiago Alcantara comes on for Sanchez. The Chilean has had a quiet night tonight.
    • 74' Atletico with 11 men behind the ball now. They are really struggling.
    • 73' Barca still passing it around patiently. Iniesta has been key in most of his side's attacks.
    • 72' Falcao is still working hard, despite a lack of service in this second half.
    • 71' Xavi's delivery is poor and fails to beat the first man.
    • 70' Sanchez does well to win a free kick on the edge of the box for his side.
    • 69' Atletico look short of ideas. They lack the urgency on the break that they showed in the first half.
    • 68' Falcao heads clear a corner with Puyol waiting to pounce.
    • 67' Barcelona look like getting a fourth at some point. What a message that would send out to everyone watching.
    • 66' Sanchez tries to pick out Messi but fails to find him.
    • 65' Adriano makes a great challenge on Falcao to deny the Colombian. He would have been in on goal otherwise.
    • 63' Barcelona knocking it around in Atletico's half waiting for some space to open up.
    • 62' Atletico could really do with a goal soon...
    • 61' Tiago is on for Costa. That is all the away side's changes used up now.
    • 60' Barcelona are unable to deal with a free kick into the box. It falls at the feet of Falcao but he is unable to get the shot away and the referee blows for what appears to have been a handball from an Atletico player.
    • 59' Simeone is planning another change.
    • 58' Messi has been petty anonymous up to that point.
    • 58' Messi picks up the ball on the edge of the box and is allowed space to run into before letting fly with a shot into the bottom corner of the net. Clinical strike.
    • 57' Adrian Lopez comes on for Suarez. An attacking change from Simeone.
    • 56' Barcelona are looking very comfortable at the moment. But all it takes is one break from Atletico especially with Falcao on the pitch.
    • 55' Looks like Atletico are about to make another change soon.
    • 54' Xavi sends in a free kick but it fails to beat the first man.
    • 53' Xavi finds Pedro on the right who sends in the cross but Atletico scramble it away.
    • 52' Atletico have got ten men behind the ball with just Falcao up top.
    • 51' Adriano comes forward and the crowd urges him to shoot. He gets tackled before he gets the chance.
    • 50' Atletico head clear Xavi's corner.
    • 49' Pedro does well on the right to win the corner.
    • 48' Barcelona again with all the possession while Atletico are playing on the break.
    • 47' Suarez goes into the book for a late challenge on Sanchez.
    • 47' Koke sends a free kick into the box but Barca head clear.
    • 46' Cata Diaz is on for Filipe.
    • 46' The second half is underway...
    • 45+1' And there goes the half-time whistle. Barcelona fight back after falling behind. A great first half, let's hope for more of the same afer the break.
    • 45' Atletico are unable to clear a Xavi corner away and following a goalmouth scramble Busquets arrives to take a touch and beat a man before finding the back of the net.
    • 45' It is all Barcelona now as Pique and then Iniesta both have shots at goal but Courtois is equal to them both.
    • 44' Barcelona send a free kick into the box and Pique arrives unmarked at the far post but his header deflects off for the corner.
    • 43' Adriano gets forward to the far post to meet a cross-field ball from the left. He heads it across goal but Pedro just misses it and Alba is unable to get the shot away.
    • 42' Barcelona with 70% of possession. But it has been Atletico who have created the more chances which shows just what a threat they have been on the break.
    • 41' Iniesta drives forward for Barcelona again. He passes to Alba but the defender's return ball is poor and the move comes to an end.
    • 40' Iniesta drives into the box and his deflected pass soon falls to Alba but the defender is offside.
    • 39' You can sense Barcelona's confidence is starting to grow. The crowd are getting behind them.
    • 38' Iniesta picks out Messi in the box with a sublime pass. The Argentine beats a man before eventually getting tackled. Unlucky.
    • 37' What a game this is shaping up to be.
    • 36' Courtois had no chance with that goal.
    • 35' Adriano picks up the ball on the right before cutting inside and curling an effort from the edge of the box into the top corner. Great strike.
    • 34' Barcelona are going to have to up their performance levels now. Atletico look like they are capable of grabbing another.
    • 33' Diego Simeone will be delighted with his team's start to the game. His game plan is working so far.
    • 32' It was Messi who conceded possession in the build up to that goal.
    • 31' Atletico break through Costa who plays in Falcao. The striker uses his pace to burst past Busquets before chipping the ball over Valdes. Fantastic goal.
    • 30' It's Messi who takes it but he sends it well over. Should have hit the target.
    • 29' Barcelona win a free kick in a dangerous position following a high foot from Miranda.
    • 28' Barcelona have yet to really get into their stride.
    • 27' Atletico then with the best chances so far. And not surprisingly they both fall to Falcao.
    • 26' Atletico go close again as Godin gets the flick on from the corner into the path of Costa but he is offside.
    • 25' Courtois does well to get to an Alba delivery before Pedro gets there.
    • 25' Fantastic break from Atletico as Turan plays in Falcao with a ball over the top but Valdes does well to make a great save to divert the ball wide of the post.
    • 24' Juanfran appears to handball but the referee misses it before blowing for handball on Pedro. Madness.
    • 23' Messi takes the free kick but it goes straight into the wall.
    • 22' Costa fouls Messi to concede a free kick in a dangerous position.
    • 21' The game beginning to get a little stretched now which is good news on this large Camp Nou pitch.
    • 20' Gabi tries to plau in Falcao but Pique intercepts. Barcelona break down the other end and Messi tries to pick out the run of Sanchez but Miranda is there for the away side.
    • 19' Falcao with a thumping header to clear the Barcelona corner.
    • 19' Alba does well to get down the left wing before hanging a cross into the box but Godin heads off for the corner.
    • 18' Puyol again is there to put a stop to an Atletico attack. This time he outmuscles Falcao.
    • 18' The visitors have looked very calm and composed at the back.
    • 17' Adriano breaks down the left and gets the cross in but it is no problem for the Atletico defence.
    • 16' Barcelona starting to play their brand of football now as Alba eventually tries to get a cross in from the left but Juanfran is there to put the block in.
    • 15' Xavi searches for Sanchez with a ball over the top but he puts just a little too much on it.
    • 14' Iniesta with some nice play down the left but Juanfran is there to avert the danger.
    • 13' Atletico play a dangerous ball back to Courtois who seems to take an age before clearing it with Sanchez hot on his heels.
    • 12' Adriano sends a ball in from the right but Godin is there to clear.
    • 11' The ball falls to Suarez outside the box who decides to go for goal but he sends it high and wide.
    • 11' The visitors are playing some lovely football at the moment. Definitely on top.
    • 10' A warning then, if Barcelona needed one, of the threat that Falcao offers.
    • 9' A cross comes in from the right and Falcao rises to head it towards goal but it comes back off the post. Unlucky.
    • 9' Koko makes a run down the right wing but Puyol is there once again to put a stop to the attack.
    • 8' Suarez obstructs Messi and concedes the free kick.
    • 7' Costa tries to play in Falcao but Puyol stops him in his tracks.
    • 7' This definitely has the feeling of a tense affair so far.
    • 6' Alba tries to force his way down the left but he overruns it and it goes out for the throw.
    • 5' Atletico send a corner in but it is cleared by the home side.
    • 5' Atletico break and Falcao sets his sights on goal from the edge of the box but the Barcelona defence get the challenge in.
    • 4' It's all Barcelona in these opening few minutes. The visitors have barely had a touch.
    • 3' Barcelona passing it around nicely but cannot seem to make any inroads past Atletico's defence.
    • 2' A pretty scrappy start to the game so far, with some tackles flying in.
    • 1' Barcelona get this exciting clash underway...
    • - Barcelona are six points ahead of Atletico in the La Liga table after 15 games, and the league leaders will be desperate to ensure that the deficit is not reduced this evening. La Liga table
    • - The teams are in - Barcelona: Valdes; Adriano, Piqué, Puyol, Alba; Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Alexis, Messi. /// Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luis; Koke, Mario Suárez, Gabi, Arda; Diego Costa, Falcao
    • - Welcome to live text commentary of the crunch La Liga encounter between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Tito Vilanova

  • Atlético Madrid

    Manager: Diego Simeone

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