HALFTIME, Atlético 0-1 Barcelona: Barça dominated the opening 20 minutes and scored with their only chance. Atlético dominated the final 25 minutes, created huge chances and missed them all. That’s the story of the half.
GOAL!!! Atlético 0-1 Barcelona (Dembélé 22’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Pedri goes on a solo run through the middle and finds Gavi, who quickly turns and assists Ousmane Dembélé for a great finish and the opening goal!!!
KICKOFF! Atlético 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Madrid!
WELCOME TO THE WANDA METROPOLITANO!!! The spectacular home of Atlético Madrid in the Spanish capital is the site of a huge La Liga clash between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one with a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to three points if they get a win in one of the toughest stadiums in the country against what is always a brutal opponent in Diego Simeone’s Colchoneros. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Fati, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Bellerín, Roberto, Kessie, Torre, Raphinha, Ferran, Memphis
Starting XI: Oblak; Molina, Savic, Giménez, Reinildo; Llorente, Koke, Barrios, Carrasco; Griezmann, Félix (4-4-2)
Substitutes: Grbic (GK), Gomis (GK), Felipe, Marco, Reguilón, Kondogbia, Witsel, De Paul, Saúl, Lemar, Correa, Morata
Competition/Round: 2022-23 La Liga, Matchday 16
Date/Time: Sunday, January 8, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Referee: Jose Luis Munuera Montero
VAR: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), Not Available (Canada, Spain), Viaplay Sports 1, ITV 4 (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), others
Online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV, ITVX (UK), DAZN (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!
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