Atletico Madrid Lucky To Hold Barcelona To Draw

By Aydin Reyhan
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Just days after thrashing Levante at home 7-0, Barcelona traveled to Madrid and forced out a 1-1 draw against a disciplined Atletico who showed no fear.

The opening goal was scored by a newcomer who knows Barca very well — David Villa. He volleyed home an Arda Turan cross then celebrated a bit as he had just scored against the team he just left this past summer. However, as nice as that goal was, an equalizer was always beckoning.

In the second half, Barca began playing their game the way they know how to: pass, pass then pass again until a shot is found. Finally, a Dani Alves cross from the right was met in the middle by Neymar, who headed home his first competitive goal for the club.

What is funny about the two men who scored is that Villa just left Barca, and he scored in his first competitive match against his old side, while Neymar — Villa’s replacement — scored his first against them.

Overall, Barca played a lot more comfortably than Atletico did, but the home side did play without fear. They actually tried to play the ball out of their own area as opposed to clearing it instantly. Their goal was scored due to Barca not covering Villa. What didn’t make sense was how he was left wide open when there were three defenders right near him.

Barcelona will defeat Atletico at home in the second leg as they will have the upper hand with the players and fans at hand. We can certainly assume that Neymar will start that match and if not, he will look to score a goal inside his new home: Camp Nou.

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