One of those matches where you just can't decide who deserved to win. But at the same time, a draw isn't a fair result because nobody deserved to get the point today. A boring game where it's was all end-to-end stuff at one point and a then just have passes at half line between Pique and Mascherano the next second.
Barcelona started off strongly and were in the driving seat from the word go. Atletico though were happy to let the hosts keep possession of the ball and sit back. the defence looked rock solid as usual and it too a beauty of a cross from Iniesta in the 41st minute for Barcelona to finally break through. Ivan Rakitic was unmarked in the box and he nodded in the first goal of the game in the 41st minute.
The 2nd half kicked off with some amazing end-to-end stuff as both teams tried to score but it dried down once again when Barcelona got control of the ball. Messi went down injured in the 58th minute and was straight away taken off. Atletico Madrid also brought on Correa at the same time and the Atletico Madrid striker scored with his first couple of touches.
The match looked to have opened up but it as the same old story again. Atletico were happy to sit back and defend while Barcelona tried to find a hole in the wall. Nothing significant took place in the last 30 minutes and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
90 + 3' Neymar shoots but it's deflected behind for a corner. The corner is passed to Iniesta at the edge of the box but is shot is high and wide of the goal.
90 + 1' Barcelona have a chance but the ball goes out for a goa kick.
90' End to end stuff and it's Barcelona who have the corner now. Same thing repeats on this end of the pitch.
89' The corner is cleared away with ease by Barcelona but it's whipped in again by Atletico Madrid only for Ter Stegen to collect it with ease.
88' CHANCE FOR ATLETICO MADRID! Godin heads the ball towards goal and it's taken a spectacular effort from Ter Stegen to tip the ball away for a corner.
87' Pique jumps in to head the corner but ends up fouling Godin.
86' CHANCE FOR BARCELONA! Alba has a great chance to score a winner for Barcelona but skies his shot. Oh wait, it's actually come off an Atletico defender and it's a corner to Barcelona.
85' Neymar is back to his favourite place - the floor. He spends 60 of the 90 minutes sitting on the pitch.
84' Luis Suarez get's booked for a foul on Filipe Luis.
83' Pique gets on the end of Neymar's freekick but it's just wide of the post. Finally a good freekick by Barcelona there.
82' Partey joins the party with a foul on Neymar at the edge of the box. Can Barcelona finally score from this?
80' It's all Barcelona now and they are going for the win here. Atletico try to counter but Griezmann is unable to collect the ball before it goes out for throw-in.
78' Neymar strikes the ball clean towards the Atletico goal but Oblak is well positioned to palm the ball away.
75' Neymar's freekick goes out for a corner after it's deflected off the wall. Luis Enrique is clearly not impressed with his players today.
74' WHAT A DIVE BY SUAREZ! 10/10 for that! The referee gives a freekick this time and the Barcelona players have surrounded the ref to get the Atletico man booked. Referee waves them away and Neymar steps up to take the freekick.
71' Another poor freekick by Barcelona today. So poor that even Harry Kane's freekicks at the EURO's looked better than these!
70' It's Arda Turan's turn to dive now. Runs into Filipe Luis but unlike Neymar and Suarez, he's able to sell his dive and the referee awards a freekick by the touchline.
68' Luiz Suarez steps up to take the freekick and goes for the goal. His shot is a poor one and comes off the wall.
68' Griezmann man goes sliding into Rakitic and the referee books the Frenchman.
67' DOUBLE DIVE! Neymar goes down first and Suarez follows him a second later. Both at the edge of the box and the referee shakes his head and says he's been better acting than that from the two of them.
66' The ball is now in the Atletico Madrid half all the time and in control of Barcelona.
63' Barcelona are doing their best to get back into the game but Oblak denies Neymar who curled one into the far post. Resulting corner is poor one and cleared with ease.
Just as I was going to type that Angel Correa has come on, he SCORED!
Torres nutmeg'd Pique and Correa skipped past Mascherano who slipped and fell flat on his face! Correa then was left top beat just Ter Stegen and had the goal wide open. The ball goes in off the near post and Atletico madrid are level!
59' Looks like Messi is down with an injury. He's informed the bench that he's gotta come off and has been straight away replaced by Arda Turan.
56' Corner to Atletico Madrid as Sergio Roberto blocks off Luis' cross. Corner is cleared to the end of the box and the resulting shot is out of the stadium.
54' First booking of the game and it's Koke who's name goes on the book. He fouled Neymar from behind and the Brazilian goes down holding his leg and face - while the foul was actually on his back.
50' Brilliant ball to Neymar by Suarez but Oblak spots it early and charges down to save it.
49' Gameiro breaks forward for Atletico and then puts it on the plate for Greizmann but the Frenchman sends the ball to Row Z!
48' Filipe Luiz puts in a dangerous cross and somehow Pique clears it. The match has opened up now!
47' End to end stuff now as Messi goes close for Barcelona. His shot is blocked easily and now Atletico are on the counter.
46' Griezmann makes his way straight to the Barcelona goal but shoots from just outside the box. Easy save for Ter Stegen.
Goal: Ivan Rakitic 41'
45' Griezmann takes the free kick after a long pause but it's not met by anyone in the box. Goes out for a goal kick.
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