The edges meet as soon as extra to determine who will progress to the semi-finals at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon
BARCELONA: Atletico Madrid have been left to rue Fernando Torres’s first-half purple card as Luis Suarez’s double handed Barcelona a 2-1 lead on Tuesday heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Torres received Atletico off to the right begin as he slotted house Koke’s by way of ball for an important away aim on 25 minutes, however noticed two quickfire yellow playing cards to go away his aspect a person brief for over an hour.
A second-half onslaught from Barca ensued and Suarez turned the sport on its head as he bundled residence to equalise earlier than powering in a header for the winner 16 minutes from time.
The edges meet as soon as extra to determine who will progress to the semi-finals at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon on April 13.
Barca had been crushed for the primary time in 39 video games stretching again six months by Actual Madrid on Saturday and have been once more removed from their greatest as Atletico appeared snug till Torres was given his marching orders 10 minutes earlier than half-time.
Lionel Messi was in search of his 500th profession aim for membership and nation, however was unusually wayward as he pulled a shot past the entrance submit after which miscued wildly on the volley from Jordi Alba’s harmful cross.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone had been courageous in his seek for an away aim by naming Yannick Carrasco alongside Torres and top-scorer Antoine Griezmann in assault.
And the Argentine was rewarded when Koke’s via ball exploited an enormous hole within the Barca defence which Torres latched onto earlier than rifling house his 11th objective in 17 video games towards Barca.
Griezmann was desperately near doubling the guests’ lead moments later when solely an excellent save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen prevented the French worldwide’s low effort from drifting in on the far publish.
But Barca have been handed a lifeline by two moments of insanity from Torres as he lunged in late on Neymar after which Sergio Busquets inside six minutes to see purple.
Atletico retained a menace at first of the second-half as Carrasco’s harmful low cross whistled throughout the Barca aim.
Barca’s celebrity entrance three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar then got here to life because the hosts camped Atletico inside their very own half for the ultimate 40 minutes.
Messi’s acrobatic overhead kick flew inches broad of the goal earlier than Neymar curled towards the bar.
Jan Oblak was then pressured into his first saves of the night time from Neymar’s shut vary header and Messi’s drive from distance.
Atletico’s resistence lasted simply over an hour till Neymar drilled Dani Alves’s cross goalwards and Suarez was available to bundle house his 44th objective of the season.
And his 45th adopted 12 minutes later as he powered in one other Alves cross to maintain Barca on target to grow to be the primary aspect to ever retain the Champions League.
Nevertheless, Atletico bravely restricted the injury within the last levels to take care of their hopes of repeating their feat of dumping Barca out on the quarter-final stage two years in the past.