Atlético 0-1 Barça: Wanda win! | FC Barcelona
It was a fabulous advert for La Liga as a product. It was intense. It was dramatic. Either side could have won, with every minute of this thriller bringing gripping new twists. The Wanda was absolutely roaring all the way… at least until there were just five minutes to go and the total deadlock was broken by the man who does these things best.
Talking points from the Wanda | FC Barcelona
Here’s our round-up of bits and bobs that got us talking here in the offices while enjoying an absolutely cracking game between Atlético Madrid and Barça, decided in superlative fashion by Messi’s late winner.
Modest Barça goalkeeper Ter Stegen: ‘I try to do my job’ | Sport
Marc-André ter Stegen was, without argument, one of the heroes of Barcelona’s 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday. Ter Stegen made two stunning first-half saves, the first from Mario Hermoso and the second from Alvaro Morata.
Leo Messi has now scored league goals in all 20 La Liga stadiums | Sport
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi scored his ninth league goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday, moving within one goal of Pichichi Karim Benzema, who didn’t score in Real Madrid’s win over Alaves on Saturday.
Atletico fans chant ‘die’ at Griezmann on return with Barcelona | ESPN
Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann was targeted by Atletico Madrid fans with chants and banners on his first return to the club. Barca won 1-0 thanks to a late Lionel Messi goal which was enough to see them return to the top of La Liga.
Griezmann’s return to Madrid reveals he’s an outsider at Barca and an outcast at Atleti | ESPN
“You wanted to have a name and you forgot to be a man,” the banner read. Raised by fans in the Wanda Metropolitano’s Fondo Sur in the pouring rain, midway through the second half of a thrilling game that ended in a late 1-0 victory for Barcelona over Atletico Madrid, there was little doubt of the intended target.
Valverde: Having Messi is always a great advantage in tight matches | Marca
Ernesto Valverde know how important Lionel Messi is to his Barcelona team. The Argentine came up with a late winner to beat Atletico Madrid and send the Blaugrana top of LaLiga Santander.
Umbrella thrown at Messi as he celebrated winner at Atletico | Sport
The supporters at the Wanda Metropolitano did not only welcome Antoine Griezmann back on Sunday with whistles, offensive chants and banners, but they also threw objects on to the pitch. However, the objects thrown had nothing to do with Griezmann, but were launched after Lionel Messi’s 86th-minute winner in Madrid.
Messi the GOAT in the eyes of Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid team-mate Casillas | Goal
Iker Casillas boasts strong ties to Real Madrid and was once a team-mate of Cristiano Ronaldo, but the legendary goalkeeper has suggested that Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi is the greatest of all time. The World Cup winner is hardly the first to have made such a claim when it comes to the mercurial Argentine.
All set for the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris | FC Barcelona
Monday sees the gala for the Ballon d’Or award take place in Paris, France. All eyes will be on Barça striker Leo Messi as the Argentine is in line for the prize given to the best player of the year for the sixth time in his career. After winning his first Ballon d’Or back in 2009, the Barça number 10 has also taken the award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
The Barcelona delegation for Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala in Paris | Sport
Lionel Messi will be joined by a large delegation from Barcelona for Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala in Paris at the Theatre du Chatelet. The Barça party will be led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Also traveling to the French capital are Javier Bordas (director), Oscar Grau (CEO), Guillermo Amor (institutional relations) and Eric Abidal (sporting director).
Barça B 2-1 Castellón: Late comeback | FC Barcelona
It was an exciting end to a game that was not the most gripping for the most part, with very few major chances at all in the first half, and Alcaina eventually converting for the home side with one of their first clear-cut attacks, with an unfortunate deflection off Araujo helping the ball goalward.