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Barça knock out nine-man Atleti out of cup

suarez-neymar-messiBarcelona came from a goal down to defeat nine-man Atletico Madrid 3-2 in an ill-tempered Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg clash at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Barcelona led 1-0 from the first leg, but that lead was wiped out within a minute of the kickoff when Fernando Torres repeated the same feat he achieved in the previous round versus Real Madrid – scoring inside the first minute, with a goal on 41 seconds against Barcelona to even the aggregate 1-1.

But Barça were back on level terms within ten minutes when Lionel Messi linked up with Luis Suarez to put Neymar through and the Brazilian gave Barca a valuable away goal.

That meant that Atlético needed two goals in order to advanceto the semifinals, and they got one of them in the 28th minute when Juanfran was brought down by Mascherano in the box and Raúl García cooly converted the penalty to give Atlético a 2-1 lead in the match and 2-2 on aggregate.

But the match and tie turned at halftime when Atleti’s Gabi was sent off after a confrontation with Neymar.

That red card took the steam out of Diego Simeone’s men and when Mario Suarez was also sent off six minutes before the final whistle after his second bookable offence, the match and tie was over.

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  • Abdullahi Danlami January 19, 2012, 12:42 am

    Barca was the best and still the best. Second league will going to be 3-0 in favur of Barcelona.

  • Raymond L. January 21, 2015, 4:44 am

    If the first match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid was to be a sign for their upcoming match, I’d say that Barca has pretty much figured out Atletico. Not to mention that the team has been steamrolling over opponents in the past few weeks.

    My bet is with the Blaugrana this time.

    • David January 23, 2015, 2:05 pm

      The challenge I see Atletico having Raymond is that they have really struggled to score against Barca and I cannot see them scoring twice next week.

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