- Costa shown straight red for dissent
- Barcelona eight points above second-placed Atletico
- Result: Bayern Munich 5-0 Borussia Dortmund – champions go top with win
- Result: Juventus 2-1 AC Milan – Kean scores winner
- Result: Real Madrid 2-1 Eibar – Benzema scores twice in comeback win
Carles Alena, a good attacking midfielder, comes on for Philippe Coutinho.
elliott gilmore: man united must be looking at this 10 man Atletico side and think they have a good chance against this Barca side
Jeester: If we lose De Gea, we should definitely go for Oblak. Dude’s save ratio is insane and it’s not like they’re all straight at him
Luis Suarez with a good cross to the far stick but Saul heads it behind before Malcom can get there.
Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet is booked for fouling Thomas Partey on the halfway line.
“No party in my gaff” he probably said.
Was that Atletico’s chance? Antoine Griezmann crosses from the left, Rodri gets up high but his towering header is over the bar. Jose Gimenez was just behind him trying to get a head of his own.
Gerard Pique concedes a free-kick for a foul on Alvaro Morata. He’s not going to get booked… until he mouths off to the ref. Now he gets his yellow.
Footballers never learn.
Antoine Griezmann takes the ball off Lionel Messi and does well to win a free-kick off a Barca defender. They are crowding Messi out.
A good Luis Suarez challenge to win the ball off Uruguay team-mate Diego Godin, who thinks he was fouled.
Seconds later Atleti midfielder/left-back Saul is booked for a foul on Sergio Busquets.
Atletico’s Jan Oblak, one of the best keepers in the world – maybe the best – makes his seventh save. Lionel Messi has a shot blocked, Malcom volleys the rebound but it’s held by the keeper.
Antoine Griezmann steps up to take the free-kick… but it’s straight down the throat of Marc-Andre ter Stegen (not literally).
Free-kick to Atletico in a really dangerous position. Gerard Pique shoves Angel Correa over from behind. It’s a definite foul, although Pique doesn’t agree.
Hasan Anfield: Bayern going for their 7th title in a row, Juve in Italy going for their 8th title in a row, PSG 20 points clear in France, and La Liga shared between 2 clubs. No side has successfully defended the EPL for 10 years, that shows EPL is the best league in the world.
Lionel Messi is growing into this game BIG TIME. He has another run with the ball, goes past two defenders and then shoots from the edge of the area. Jan Oblak almost fumbles his shot but recovers in time.
Attacking change by Barca as winger Malcom replaces fellow Brazilian Arthur, a holding midfielder. Two names from the Fred mould of Brazilian naming there.
Peak Lionel Messi as he glides from his own half with the ball like a hovercraft before slipping the ball through to Luis Suarez, but the striker is expertly denied by Jan Oblak. Great football.
Another deflected Lionel Messi shot from 18 yards saved by Jan Oblak.
Barcelona have scored in each of their last 13 La Liga home matches against Atletico, since a 2-0 defeat on 6 February 2005.
Thomas Partey crosses and Alvaro Morata dives for it but can’t get a proper touch. Might have been a scorpion kick attempt?
It’s Diego Simeone’s second ‘forward for a full-back’ sub. Does he think he’s me on Football Manager?
Alvaro Morata is on for Filipe Luis. Saul goes into left-back.
Atletico Madrid are actually playing really well, you wouldn’t know they’re down to 10 men. They just aren’t creating much.