Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Suarez, Messi score late goals as Barca win 2-0

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Suarez, Messi score late goals as Barca win 2-0

- Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid ended in favour of the Catalans at the Camp Nou with a 2-0 win

- Diego Costa was shown a red card in the 28th minute after confronting the referee rudely

- Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored a goal each within two minutes with five minutes left to play

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid top of the table clash in Cam Nou ended 2-0 in favour of the home team as Enersto Valverde's side edge closer to the La liga title

The first real chance of the half fell to Barcelona in the 14th minute after a perfect through ball Lionel Messi found Jordi Alba whose lovely first touch kept him face to face with Jan Oblak.

The Spaniard applied the easiest of the finishes and thought he had scored, only for the ball to hit the upright and back into the hands of the Slovenian keeper.

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Philippe Coutinho had a golden opportunity to put Barca ahead after a lovely one-two with Luis Suarez in the 27th minute but Oblak got a strong hand to his right-foot shot that went wide.

Then moments later, Diego Costa was shown a straight red card after he was brought down by Arthur Melo before protesting to referee Jesus Gil Manzano rudely.

The tempo of the game slowed down after the incident but Messi rifled in a left-foot shot which went straight into the hands of Oblak just before half time.

Diego Simeone's men came out more determined and playing with ten players against a well-organized Barca side.

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Another piece of superb goalkeeping from Oblak as he made two save in quick succession from Messi shot and Malcom rebound in the 68th minute.

Atletico should have gone ahead in the 75th minute as Rodri and Joe Gimenez got in the way of each other from a Antoine Griezmann's free-kick.

And the moment of the match came in the 85th minute as Suarez opens up his body in front of the 18-yard box and curls the ball beyond Oblak to make it 1-0.

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A minute later, Messi made it 2-0 after beating the offside trap and runs into the box with a lucky rebound from Gimenez who had a little contact with the ball before driving a ow shot into the net.

The match ended 2-0 to Barcelona as they extended their lead at the top of La Liga with 11 points with seven games to play.

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