Barcelona’s pursuit of defending La Liga title has been handed a major boost as the reigning holders outscored 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday night
Arguably the main culprit for Los Colchoneros’ devastating loss is Diego Costa, who received the red card in the 28th minute for insulting referee Jesus Manzano.
With one player in hand, the Catalans were able to dictate the tempo of the game in this massive showdown although the fans had to wait for the 85th minute to see the opening goal.
Diego Simeone has still never beaten Barcelona in La Liga as Atletico coach.— Goal (@goal) April 6, 2019
Better luck next season 🙃👋 pic.twitter.com/NWJS6XE5Iu
After Luis Suarez’s brilliant effort ended in the bottom-left corner of Jan Oblak’s goal, Lionel Messi’s solo action two minutes later was there to eliminate any doubt.
Thanks to this vital triumph, Ernesto Valverde’s men now top the table with an 11-point lead over second-placed Atletico with seven La Liga fixtures left to go.
This victory also helped the Blaugrana to stretch their impressive home unbeaten run against Diego Simeone’s side to 18 games across all competitions.