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Copa Del Rey 2016/17: Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona, 5 talking points

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates Luis Suarez (R) and Andre Gomes (L) during the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Vicente Calderon on February 1, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were on target as FC Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 
Sumedh Pande
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Modified 02 Feb 2017, 10:46 IST
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The advantage lies with Barcelona after the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinal against Atletico Madrid as the Catalans emerged victorious at the Vicente Calderon. Luis Enrique's men surged to a two-goal advantage in the first half thanks to two moments of magic from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Antoine Griezmann halved the deficit on the hour mark but the hosts could not find an equaliser.

The Catalans are now on course to lay their hands on a record 29th Copa Del Rey title. Let's take a look at the five talking points from the first leg between the Colchoneros and the Blaugrana: 

#1 Luis Suarez loves to play against Atletico Madrid 

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 01:  Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their opening goal during the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Vicente Calderon on February 1, 2017 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
The Uruguayan scored his seventh goal against Atletico Madrid

Before Suarez, Barcelona had failed to get on the winning side against Diego Simeone's side on six occasions which resulted in the Catalans losing the La Liga crown on the last day of the campaign and bowing out of the Champions League in the 2013-14 season. However, since the Uruguayan joined forces with the Catalans, his side has lost just one of the 10 meetings against Atletico. 

Suarez has scored seven goals against Atletico in nine appearances. And his goal last night was certainly the best of the lot as he covered half the length of the field and left both Madrid centre-backs in grasping thin air before calmly slotting home the ball behind Miguel Moya. This was 'El Pistolero's' 22nd goal of the season.

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Published 02 Feb 2017, 10:46 IST
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