La Liga: Yannick Carrasco Gifts Atletico Madrid 1-0 Win over Barcelona


Marc-André ter Stegen’s extraordinary mistake gave Atletico Madrid the decisive goal by beating Barcelona 1-0 at Wanda Metropolitano.

Saturday’s fierce game was settled with a remarkable strike from Yannick Carrasco in the third minute of the first-half stoppage time, ending Atleti’s 20-game winless streak against Barca in LaLiga.

Ter Stegen – who was only making his third Blaugrana appearance in all competitions since returning from a knee injury – rushed to chase the ball near the halfway line and was beaten by Carrasco, who kept his composure to find the net.

It was a setback from which Barca were unable to recover as they succumbed to a third league loss of the season to remain 10th, also losing Gerard Pique to a knee injury as starting problems of Ronald Koeman show no signs of slowing down.

The visitors held their own in an animated start which saw Antoine Griezmann stab his volley just before Ter Stegen dived to his right to make a smart save from Saul Niguez’s 20 yards.

Marcos Llorente came close to an early breakthrough but exploded against the crossbar.

Jordi Alba interrupted a later lull in the proceedings with a sublime pass through Kieran Trippier’s legs to send Lionel Messi, but he shot too close to Jan Oblak from a tight angle.

A nutmeg on the other end proved to be much more costly on the stroke of halftime, however, as Carrasco pushed the ball past Ter Stegen, who had inexplicably charged 40 yards from his goal to leave the Atletico winger with a simple finish in a vacuum. net.

Clement Lenglet should have nodded at Barca level 11 minutes after the restart, but instead aimed his head directly at a grateful Oblak, then saw his center-partner Pique awkwardly land under a challenge, needing help to descend into the tunnel.

And Diego Simeone’s men subsequently came back in force, pushing Barca back in the other direction for a precious victory.

What does it mean? On the side of Simeone, the real contenders

For just over 10 minutes it was an open and exciting affair with odds on either end. But Atletico, masters of the rambling victory, expertly slowed the pace of the game and clinically grabbed a rare Ter Stegen error.

Koeman needs a bit of a breather, but the Simeone team should never give in, surely believing this strange year could be theirs. Atletico are second, tied on points with leaders Real Sociedad, while Barca are already nine points behind the pace.

Trippier manages Alba’s task

If Messi had taken his chance in the first half of an exquisite Alba pass, the nutmeg on Trippier would have been replayed over and over again. In fact, Atletico’s right-back recovered superbly to win the battle on that flank.

The England international was involved on both sides of the pitch. He sent four crosses, two of which found teammates, and created a chance, while winning four of his six duels and making one tackle, three clearances and two interceptions.

Barca sweeper exposed

Ter Stegen is an international rival to Manuel Neuer, but he has long been established as Barca’s number one. None of the German goalkeepers will reflect fondly on this week, however, as the Blaugrana ace followed his briefing in the 6-0 defeat to Spain by enduring his own nightmare.

Ex-Borussia Mönchengladbach man like Neuer can take risks with his radical style at times, and this is an occasion where he has paid the price. Carrasco became the eighth player to dribble Ter Stegen in his La Liga career as he made a mistake leading to a goal for the ninth time.

Key facts about Opta

– Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona in La Liga for the first time since February 2010 (2-1).

– Barcelona have just 11 points after eight La Liga games this season (W3 D2 L3), their worst start at this stage since 1991-92, when they won the title.

– Atletico have conceded two goals in eight LaLiga appearances this season (W6 D2 L0), their best start in terms of goals conceded at this stage since 1995-96, when they won the double in LaLiga and LaLiga. Copa del Rey.

– Atletico are undefeated in their last 24 LaLiga games (S15 D9), their longest unbeaten streak in the competition and the longest current streak of their kind in Europe’s top five leagues.

And after?

Champions League action resumes midweek with Atletico at home against Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday, the day after Barca’s visit to Dynamo Kiev.

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