Barcelona might quickly discover themselves 4 factors behind LaLiga leaders Actual Madrid after being held to a 2-2 draw by Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi scored the 700th objective of his profession however Barcelona had been held to a 2-2 draw in opposition to Atletico Madrid by a pair of Saul Niguez penalties, damaging their LaLiga title defence.
Barca’s all-time main scorer Messi introduced up the milestone at Camp Nou with a superb Panenka from the penalty spot as he punished Felipe for sending Nelson Semedo to floor early within the second half.
Nevertheless, Saul, who first equalised within the opening interval after Diego Costa’s personal objective, powered residence from 12 yards for the second time after Semedo caught Yannick Carrasco within the field.
Messi appeared to have ended his anticipate his landmark objective within the 11th minute, however his nook solely beat Jan Oblak on account of a deflection off the within of Costa’s leg.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen saved a penalty from Costa after Arturo Vidal tripped Carrasco, just for a VAR evaluate to identify the goalkeeper had strayed off his line. A re-take was ordered and Saul guided the ball into the bottom-right nook.
Messi curled an impressive try from the appropriate nook of the field narrowly broad, earlier than steering a cutback from Jordi Alba exterior the left upright and seeing a deflected free-kick turned behind by Oblak earlier than half-time.
Barca regained the lead 5 minutes after the restart when Messi cheekily chipped residence his 700th objective from the penalty spot.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LEO #MESSI FOR SCORING THE 700TH GOAL OF HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER!
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 30, 2020
Costa missed the goal with a header however Carrasco gained one other penalty and Saul’s spot-kick discovered the web off the gloves of Ter Stegen.
Vidal was unable to search out the goal with a pair of first rate alternatives as Barca had been compelled to accept a draw that can do little to quell the rumours of discontent within the dressing room.
What does it imply? Barca falter once more
Quique Setien modified his method for the go to of Atleti, leaving Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati on the bench and taking part in Riqui Puig behind a entrance two of Messi and Luis Suarez.
The Blaugrana dominated possession all through however proved weak on the counter-attack and Setien didn’t change formation till he launched Fati within the 85th minute – Griezmann got here on 5 minutes later.
It was too late and Barca have now drawn three of their previous 4 LaLiga fixtures and seen the two-point lead they held when the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic evaporate. With 5 video games remaining, Setien wants to show issues round shortly.
Magical Messi not sufficient
Every thing optimistic for Barca was funnelled via Messi – he had extra photographs within the first half than your entire Atleti staff. After three video games with out a objective he reached his milestone with class, however Diego Simeone’s males had been nonetheless in a position to snatch some extent.
Costa’s depressing outing
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After narrowly lacking out on connecting with a teasing Carrasco free-kick within the sixth minute, Costa put the ball within the web on the different finish. His penalty was poor and he was lucky VAR provided Atletico a second probability to equalise.
Atleti are again in motion at residence to Actual Mallorca on Friday, whereas Barcelona face a tough journey to Villarreal on Sunday.