MADRID – Three points from the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid and Barcelona attracted 1-1 a matchup between the main two groups in La Liga.
1. Barca remain on course for the title
Diego Costa’s late header seemed to have swung the La Liga title race Atletico Madrid’s way, yet substitute Ousmane Dembele’s even later equalizer keeps Barcelona best of the table in what was a moderate consuming 1-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano Saturday night.
Barca remain a point in front of Atletico at the highest point of the exceptionally blocked Primera standings, yet the draw is extremely a major mental blow for Diego Simeone’s side, who botched an immense opportunity to truly substantiate themselves practical challengers for the title.
The principal half was not a work of art. Atletico dangerman Antoine Griezmann got through a frail Samuel Umtiti challenge at a certain point, however turned back for help when a shot appeared on. Some space appeared to open up for Barca charm Lionel Messi, when he got Atletico midfield Rodrigo hesitating, however Koke was sitting further and ready to cover.
The greatest snapshot of dramatization in the initial 45 minutes came when Gerard Pique unintentionally redirected a cross towards his own objective, however Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen could assemble serenely enough. Half-time came without either group having dealt with a shot on focus on, a first in any La Liga amusement so far this season.
The second half did not start any extraordinary, with the resistances again to finish everything, and the main fervor originating from some warmed difficulties, as arbitrator Jesus Gil Manzano began to frequently streak his yellow card.
A risky kept running by Griezmann got the home fans out of their seats, as completed a trust that the VAR authorities will choose whether Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal had intentionally taken care of the ball in his own punishment region.
Be that as it may, we appeared to be set for a 0-0 until the point when Costa ascended out of the blue at the back post with only 13 minutes remaining – controlling home a header in what was the primary exertion on focus by either group. Barca truly before long got their first shot on objective, however Atletico manager Jan Oblak spared Lionel Messi’s free kick pretty serenely.
At that point, similarly as Atletico were going best of the table, and Rojiblancos mentor Diego Simeone was set for his first win against Barca in 15 La Liga amusements against Atletico, the equalizer came. Messi teed up Dembele at the back post and the much censured adolescent committed no error
2. Costa comes great at defining moment
Before today Costa had not scored in La Liga since February, with his 2018-19 season yet to move at all because of a progression of niggling damage issues and continuous hypothesis he was miserable at the new gigantic difference in wages with strike accomplice Griezmann.
For the vast majority of the amusement Griezmann was Atletico’s probably wellspring of an objective, with the France worldwide and Ballon d’Or hopeful unmistakably siphoned up to inspire in the main diversion since his scandalous “choice” not to join Barcelona the previous summer. On one event, Costa couldn’t stay aware of his strike accomplice’s driving kept running in what appeared as though Atletico’s most obvious opportunity to win.
Yet, the Brazil-conceived Spain global picked his minute superbly, doing extremely well to lose his marker and meet Koke’s profound corner with a header which Ter Stegen had zero chance of sparing. There was genuine power in the festival as well, and a feeling of discharge for both the player and the entire stadium which still can’t seem to commend a major prevail upon either Barca or neighbors Real Madrid.
At the point when Costa was before long taken off, obviously unfit to last the hour and a half for wellness reasons, it appeared he and his group had stepped forward. It was not to be.
3. Under-flame Dembele to the protect
Not long ago Barcelona were believed to think about offering marking Dembele, a €105 million marking in the late spring of 2017, after obviously developing tired of his absence of demonstrable skill on and off the pitch. In any case, the France worldwide’s late objective on Saturday was his fifth League intercession as of now in 2018-19 and could be a pivotal minute in his group holding the Liga title.
Dembele began this season looking as though he had at long last settled at the Camp Nou, with four objectives in his initial five recreations, including match-winning commitments against Sevilla in the Supercopa, in addition to Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad in La Liga. Nonetheless, he had gotten only once in his previous 507 minutes and was dropped by mentor Ernesto Valverde against Real Betis before the global break, having gone AWOL the earlier week.
Tossing the previous Borussia Dortmund player in throughout the previous 10 minutes here, soon after Costa had scored, appeared a frantic gamble from the Barca mentor. His side had not been playing admirably, had made practically nothing, and looked set for a merited thrashing. Be that as it may, Dembele acted the hero, indicating phenomenal self-control after Messi discovered him in space at the back post to take as much time as necessary and place a shot past Oblak’s tremendous reach.
Given Real Madrid are clearly out of the title race after their most recent humiliation – a 3-0 misfortune at Eibar prior on Saturday – Atletico are Barca’s greatest risk to keeping their crown; Dembele’s intercession will have extremely harmed the hosts.