The trio of Barcelona Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar made a comfortable win over the defending champions Atletico Madrid at their home soil. The Catalans closed the gap on the Real Madrid to one point, although they have played one game more than Real Madrid. Lionel Messi was man of the match who shows how important he is at the Camp Nou. He was involved in everything, even in conceding penalty, but he has done his job very well and that was only wanted by home fans at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 3–1 Goals Highlights
It was day of Lionel Messi who assisted Barca for a comfortable win against Atletico Madrid. After a week when the Argentine had taken on coach Luis Enrique, the board had sacked the Sporting Director and called early elections. The Barcelona players closed ranks around their number 10 and also the points gap between Real Madrid.
Goals: Barcelona: 3 [Messi, Suarez, Neymar], Atletico Madrid: 1 [Mandzukic ℗]
Barcelona Line-ups: Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic, Neymar, Messi, Suarez
Substitutes: Stegen, Bartra, Roberto, Adriano, Munir
Atletico Madrid line-ups: Mora, Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Gamez, Gabi, Torres, Tiago, Koke, Griezmann, Arda, Mandzukic
Substitutes: Suarez, Siqueira, Miranda, Garcia, Saul, Torres
Match highlights Video
The president of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid Jose Maria Bartomeu and Enrique Cerezo respectively hold cards in respect of the Charlie Bebdo attack victims. Lionel Messi was in scintillating form despite claims of a fall out with boss Luis Enrique earlier in the week.
The Brazilian winger Neymar got injured once again and was forced to leave the ground after being left with a bloodied boot from a challenge with Gimenez.
Next Match of Barca and Atletico Madrid
Barcelona will play their next game against Elche on 15th Jan for return leg of Copa Del Rey. On the other side, Atletico Madrid will travel to Santiago Bernabeu for second Madrid derby of Round of 16. Atleti have 2 goals lead against Real Madrid to qualify for the quarter finals of 2014–15 Copa Del Rey.