Sunday results: Atlético Madrid vs. Barcelona

20 Sep

Photo: Getty Images via Daylife

I’m giving this much-anticipated match its own post. It was a rough game, with nine yellow cards and one red handed out. Barça (debuting their awful scrub-coloured away kits) dominated from the start, and Messi scored an early goal. Although Atlético were not at their best (except for 19-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea – more on him later), midfielder Raúl García headed a shot past Barcelona keeper Víctor Valdés. The visitors managed to regain the lead before half-time though, as defender Gerard Piqué controlled a beautiful kick past De Gea.

Right after half, Atlético’s Kun Agüero limped off the pitch to have his knee iced. The Argentinian forward suffered a bruised knee during last week’s match against Bilbao, and was obviously not ready to be back on the field (although manager Quique Sánchez Flores had insisted Agüero would only play if he had fully recovered). From that point, Atlético’s performance suffered even more. Striker Diego Forlán, who has already scored three goals this season, was barely a blip on the radar. Barcelona failed to use their advantage for another goal however, as De Gea continued to shine throughout the second half. Young De Gea is the first keeper for Spain’s Under-21 squad, and he is widely considered to be Iker’s heir on the senior national team. The lanky teen may not be hot, but he is ridiculously cute.

Anyway. Throughout the second half, yellow cards kept coming for both sides (even gorgeous but cranky Valdés managed to get one), and finally a straight red card was given to Atlético’s Tomáš Ujfaluši for a nasty tackle to Lionel Messi in stoppage time. Messi’s ankle swelled up immediately, and was obviously in a lot of pain, having to be carried off in a stretcher. It turns out the injury is not as bad as it could have been. Messi’s ankle is not broken, but it is sprained, and he is expected to be out for 10-15 days, missing at least the next two games.

Photo: AP Photo via Daylife


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