Luis Suarez steps up as Barca holds Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw

Luis Suarez steps up as Barca holds Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw

- Atletico Madrid held on for 50 minutes after taking the lead through Saul Niguez

- Luis Suarez equalized with eight minutes left as both teams shared the spoils

- Barcelona remain top of La Liga after eight games, Atletico move to third place

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona shared the spoils in a highly entertaining La Liga match day eight clash at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Rojiblancos came out all firing in the first half as Antoine Griezmann tested Marc Stegen twice in the first ten minutes.

Diego Simeone's side took the lead in the 21st minute after a nice attacking move by his side saw the ball fall to Saul Niguez outside the box.

Atletico hold Barcelona to entertaining draw

Saul Niguez celebrates his stunner against the Catalans. Photo: La Liga

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The Spanish midfielder was given too much room to find an angle and curl a beauty with his weaker right foot.

Atletico continued to press and had a chance to double the lead through Griezmann but his close range attempt was blocked.

Barcelona grew into the game and threatened from Messi who fired wide from outside the box just after the half-time.

Atletico hold Barcelona to entertaining draw

Messi fired wide under pressure from Diego Godin. Photo: Squawka

La Pulga saw a free kick hit the post while Luis Suarez could only fire over after some beautiful footwork saw him free outside the box.

Luis Suarez equalized in the 82nd minute with a header as Barcelona pushed for the winner.

Atletico hold Barcelona to entertaining draw

Luis Suarez equalized with a late header. Photo: La Liga/Twitter

Messi thought he had won the game for the Catalans with a free-kick which was also the last kick of the game. Jan Ohblak however held on as the game ended 1 - 1.

Barcelona still remain top of La Liga with 22 points after eight games while Real Madrid are second with 17 points, Atletico in third and one point behind.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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