La Liga: Atlético de Madrid 0-1 Barcelona – Ousmane Dembele with winner
Ousmane Dembele scored a first-half winner as Barcelona moved three points clear at the top of La Liga as they closed in on victory against Atletico Madrid.
Dembélé scored with a sweet shot from the wing after Gavi’s sacking and also hit a post in the second half.
Atlético was able to equalize in added time but Antoine Griezmann’s shot was cleared by Ronald Araujo on the line.
Both teams ended up with 10 men after Stefan Savic and Ferran Torres were sent off for a brawl.
The two former Manchester City players grabbed the ball, ended up on the grass and received direct red cards.
Xavi’s side made the most of Real Madrid’s loss to Villarreal on Saturday, opening a cushion at the top after losing just once in the league this season.
Diego Simeone was leading Atlético by a La Liga record 418 games, the most consecutive games in charge of a single club in Spain’s top flight.
But the Argentine saw his team fall to a fifth defeat in 16 games and any hope of winning the title seems to have been extinguished with Atlético in fifth place, 14 points behind the leaders.
Dembélé’s goal was the culmination of some skilful play by the team as Pedri’s flurry of acceleration fed Gavi, who laid the ball down for the France winger to finish into the bottom corner.
A second goal could have followed quickly, but Pedri’s elevated effort from a blind José Giménez rear pass was deflected by Jan Oblak.
Atlético were chasing play in the second half as they looked to salvage a point, but Griezmann’s rising shot was deflected magnificently over the crossbar by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
When he got past the Germany goalkeeper in the 94th minute, Araujo moved into just the right spot to clear the line.
Torres had a goal disallowed for offside early in the second period and, perhaps frustrated, became embroiled in a brawl with Savic in the final minutes that saw the pair sent off.
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- 4AraujoBooked at 56 minutes
- fifteenChristensenBooked at 82 minutes
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- 13Pena Sotorres
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End of the match, Atletico Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.
Second half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Barcelona 1.
Failed attempt. It goes too high. Geoffrey Kondogbia (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Sergio Reguilon.
Corner, Atletico Madrid. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.
Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box.
Foul by Franck Kessie (Barcelona).
Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) has received a foul in the opposite field.
Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid) left footed shot from point-blank range on the right. Assisted by Angel Correa.
Foul by Marcos Alonso (Barcelona).
Geoffrey Kondogbia (Atlético Madrid) has been fouled in the defensive zone.
Stefan Savic (Atlético de Madrid) shown a red card for violent conduct.
Ferran Torres (Barcelona) shown a red card for violent conduct.
Delay. They are ready to continue.
Delay in the game (Barcelona).
Pedri (Barcelona) has received a foul in the opposite field.
Foul by Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid).
Failed attempt. Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) left-footed shot from outside the box very close but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Llorente.
Raphinha (Barcelona) shown the yellow card.
Raphinha (Barcelona) has been fouled in the defensive zone.
Foul by Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid).