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Barcelona v Atlético - as it happened

Pin Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, Super Cup Semifinals, 9/1/2020 - official BESOCCER
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, Super Cup Semifinals, 9/1/2020 - official BESOCCER

Barcelona v Atlético - as it happened

Join us for live coverage of the Super Cup semifinal between Barcelona and Atletico at King Abdullah Sports City. A big game with two big teams! Real Madrid are already through to the final after beating Valencia 1-3 this afternoon, who will join them there?

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WHAT A GREAT GAME!!! Atletico Madrid celebrate as they are through to the Super Cup final to face Real Madrid. Such a fast-paced, action-packed game that could have gone either way, especially as Barca dominated for many parts of it and had two goals disallowed which could have made all the difference. In the end, late luck from a penalty and an unfortunate deflection send Atletico Madrid through to the final Final Score 2-3!
Messi has a shot late on, but his header goes over the bar!
4 minutes added time!!! A little short considering all the goals and the disallowed ones
Llorente has a run from the half way line and tries to shoot in the box, but Neto is there to block the shot!
Just before the goal Busquets went off for Barca and his place is taken by Ivan Rakitic
Simeone is telling his men to calm down as he knows how fast things can change in this game, Correa is passed the ball and goes one on one with Neto, who blocks the ball, but the ball flies over him slots into the net from the deflection. 2-3!!! What a game!
Morata is on the attack again, but this time is in search for another penalty as he crosses the ball to the other side of the box and it hits Pique's hand on the way. This is being VAR checked and the referee says no. Uproar now from the Atletico side
Morata steps up and doesn't miss, as he sends the keeper the wrong way and confidently slots it into the back of the net. All level again now!!
Neto is left to deal with Vitolo on his own, as the player makes a run towards goal and Neto goes in with his feet and brings him down, getting more of the man than the ball! Can Atletico make this count?
What a chance for Atletico!!! Umtiti receives the ball from a pass back and Correa comes out of nowhere to snatch it off him, he has a shot but the keeper manages to block it, Joao Felix is there for the rebound in what is basically an open net, but his shot hits the post!!!
Barca have had 62% of possession in this half, compared to Atletico's 38%
Vidal goes into the book!
Vidal was just offside when he received the ball and so the goal does not count, still 2-1!
Messi's free kick reaches Vidal, who is near the far post and just slides the ball over to the other side for Pique, who is there and does not hesitate to slide the ball into the back of the net. Currently being checked by VAR for offside
Llorente has only just come on and already goes into the book for a challenge on Messi, giving away a free kick 30 yards out
Final change for Atletico, Koke must be injured as the man who came on as a sub himself is replaced by Llorente!
Messi runs at the Atleti defence and lays off for Sergi Roberto on the right. The Catalan plays a low ball into the area, but cannot find a team-mate...
Another change for Atletico, as Lodi comes off in exchange for Vitolo
It is all Barcelona at the moment, as shot after shot is being aimed at Oblak, who is doing well not to let any more in at the moment!
Suarez's first attempt from a header is dealt with well by Oblak, but Griezmann is there for the rebound and sneakily heads the ball into the back of the net. Sloppy from Atletico and it is costing them!
Messi makes it 2-1! What a strike it is too, as the ball falls to Messi in the box, who has to fight with two defenders and get past them, then he just simply and neatly strikes it into the far bottom corner. The goal is currently being checked by VAR for a handball, to see whether it hit Messi's arm on the way down
Griezmann tries his luck from the edge of the box, but the keeper jumps up and gets to the ball, denying Barca the lead
Messi tries for a second as he gets the ball again, but he aims straight at the keeper who easily deals with it.
Two goals in five minutes, as Messi equalises for Barcelona!!! Suarez gets the ball but is scuffling with it a little in between two defenders and Messi comes and takes over, taking the ball off him and having a shot from just inside the box, his powerful shot does not miss and his team are back in the game now!! 1-1
Lodi is offside as he receives the ball near the centre and aims to run one on one to the keeper, but the flag goes up
Barca have a corner as they look to try and repair the damage done in the first few seconds. The corner is passed into the middle of the half and comes to nothing, as it goes out for a goal kick
What a way to start the second half!!! Atletico have the kick off and Joao Felix starts it all off with a pass to Correa outside the box, but he struggles to control it and so flicks it on to new sub Koke, who has just come on, Koke, who came on for Herrera, is calm and confident and just slots the ball into the bottom corner and past the keeper! Atletico in the lead early in the second half
The players are out and the second half is underway!
A little fight breaks out at the end of the first half, after Joao Felix confronts Messi as he is walking off and all the players get involved. Felix goes into the book for it and Suarez is also booked for the part he had to play. An interesting end to what has been an action-packed first half filled with many shots, mainly from Barcelona! Surely one of these two teams can break the deadlock in the second half!
Jordi Alba heads the ball towards the far post, but his shot goes wide!
Corner for Atletico as they make a good run up the pitch, but Saul's cross into the box is cleared away from danger
2 minutes added time!!
De Jong brings Correa down in the centre and gives away a free kick
Into the last five minute of a half in which Barcelona have very much dominated!
Griezmann goes one on one with Oblak after he receives the ball from Suarez and surpasses the defenders, but he runs into the box and straight into the keeper and instead of flicking the ball over him and into and open net, he flicks it straight at Oblak!
Shot after shot for Barca at the moment as they are pressing and pressing in the box. Suarez is the latest one to have a go, but he sends his ball over the bar
Thomas goes into the book for a foul outside the box and Barcelona have a free kick
Barcelona have a corner as they look to get the opening goal. The ball is headed to the far post by Suarez on the near post, but Oblak clears it out for another corner
The ball is aimed straight at goal but Neto is there to save it, he certainly put Barcelona out of danger there with a great diving save!
Clear foul just as we reach the half an hour mark as Pique goes in two footed on Lodi! Free kick for Atletico just on the edge of the box
This game is full of action!! There is a shot at the other end as Messi challenges the defenders and keeper, but his shot goes wide of the left post. Barcelona looking the stronger of the two sides right now. as they are the ones with all the possession.
Atletico have a breather as they counter from a Barca ball and make a run up the pitch. The ball falls to Trippier from Joao Felix outside the box, but his shot is not convincing and goes over the bar. A good chance for a rather absent Atletico
Corner for Barca as Saul blocks Messi's attempt
Shot from Messi!!! Leo Messi has the ball in the box and powerfully shoots it towards goal, but it is aimed right at Oblak, who blocks the ball with his body.
All Barcelona at the moment! Vidal receives the ball on the right, outside the box and flicks it past the defender, having a shot, but Oblak makes a great save to deny him.
Saul fouls Messi as he puts his hand out, looking to hit him in the face and Barcelona receive a free kick 30 yards out
Messi asks for a penalty after he is in the box on his own and Felope comes to stop him, Messi thinks the ball his hand as he kicked it away, but nothing given!
Oblak is back up and able to carry on, taking the free kick from inside the box
Complaints as Luis Suarez goes in for a cross at the same time as Oblak and the keeper goes down, Suarez is penalised for a foul and the keeper is receiving treatment
Play resumes after short stoppage, everyone is okay!
Correa has a shot!!! Correa is crossed the ball in and is one on one with the keeper, however he collideds with Neto, who also went for the ball, and looks to have hurt himself in the process
Joao Felix completely mis-kicks an attempted cross from the left and the ball goes out for a goal kick to Barcelona...
First chance of the game! Griezmann is on the left hand side of the box and skims the ball through the box and over to the right, where Sergi Roberto is waiting, who passes the ball to Vidal, but his shot goes just wide of the near post
Atletico have a free kick as Morata is brought down by Umtiti
Alba, Messi and Vidal have a good run of play up towards their attacking end and Vidal runs into the box, ready to receive the ball, but Messi's pass is blocked by an Atletico defender
Boos for Atletico when they have the ball, as happened to Valencia yesterday. Local fans clearly supporting Barca tonight..
The corner comes to nothing as Barca manage to defend well and push Atletico back to the centre of the pitch
Corner early on for Atletico as Trippier gets the ball up the pitch, but it is cleared out of danger by Umtiti
We have kick off!! Barca get tonight's game underway!
Kick off soon!!
Trippier spoke out for Atletico and stated that his team are ready for the "big task". "We have to listen to the coach's tactics to try to earn the result we want. "We know that Barcelona are a fantastic team, one of the best in the world. But we've got to think about ourselves. We've earned fantastic results recently, so we're confident."
Valverde said before the game: We need to be alert because anything can happen. It is a knockout game - the team who wins will go through to the final - so we are treating it like a league match. "We will be looking for the victory and we know how Atletico play. We saw with the last league game that it was a tight game but we were able to win it."
Lets recall the last time these two teams met. Atletico and Barcelona played each other at the Metropolitano and Barca won thanks to a goal from Messi five minutes before the end! Can Atletico get revenge tonight?
Although Vidal is close to a move to Inter, Valverde still put him in the starting XI. He has been one of the best players for Barca in their last few games
Diego Simeone’s men welcome back Stefan Savic to the squad and have even taken summer signing Ivan Saponjic despite him yet to appear since joining in July. Could the young Serb make the difference? Lemar's absence here will only fuel the transfer rumours currently going round
Barca are without goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen who is trying to let a persistent knee problem heal itself. They are also without Arthur and Ousmane Dembélé, neither of whom are fit to travel.
Atletico: Oblak (GK); Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi, Trippier; Herrera, Thomas, Saul, Correa; Morata, Joao Felix
Barcelona: Neto (GK); Umtiti, Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto; Busquets, De Jong, Vidal; Griezmann, Suarez, Messi
Line ups are as follows:
Join us for live coverage of the Super Cup semifinal between Barcelona and Atletico at King Abdullah Sports City. A big game with two big teams! Real Madrid are already through to the final after beating Valencia 1-3 this afternoon, who will join them there?
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