FC Barcelona achieved a very important victory in their fight for the Champions League spots, by 4 -2 against a direct rival like Atlético de Madrid, from whom they snatched fourth place, this Sunday in the star match of the 23rd round of the Spanish LaLiga.
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Jordi Alba (minute 9), Gavi (20), the Uruguayan Ronald Araújo (42) and the Brazilian Dani Alves ( 48) signed the Barça goals at the Camp Nou. Atlético had gone ahead in the 7th minute with a goal from the Belgian Yannick Carrasco and in the 57th the Uruguayan Luis Suárez had put the final 4-2 on the scoreboard.
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But, beyond the joy of the win and the good game, Barcelona was concerned about the expulsion of Dani Alves. In fact, the concern is shared with Carrasco, the rival who received the terrible kick.
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This was the aggressionthat the referee Gil Manzano determined, with the help of the VAR, that he deserved the red card.
What’s coming for Barcelona
Fourth place, which the Catalan team is now two points ahead of their Madrid rival from This Sunday, he is the last one that qualifies for the next Champions League in the Spanish tournament. Barça, weighed down by its poor start to the season, has this objective as a priority given its complicated financial situation.
After the disappointments of January with the defeats against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup and against Athletic Bilbao in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, Barça regains confidence by chaining Two wins in a row in the league. All this before visiting Espanyol in a derby next week and already receiving Napoli in their Europa League tie, a tournament that they play since the Champions League, where they could not qualify for the round of 16.
The Athletic stops at the Camp Nou the attempt to recover that he had outlined with the victory against Valencia on January 22nd. Just before, the ‘colchoneros’ had also fallen in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup (against Athletic) and had also been eliminated in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey (against Real Sociedad).
Atlético’s last away league victory dates back to the end of November, when it thrashed 4-1 in Cádiz. Both Barça and Atlético are far from the fight for the title this season, as they are provisionally 12 and 14 points behind the leader Real Madrid, who host Granada (16th) in the last turn on Sunday.