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Played
August 22, 2013 2:30 AM IST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 54000‎
 
12′ David Villa
Neymar 66′
Top of the Match
David Villa
David Villa
Atletico de Madrid
Neymar
Neymar
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Neymar denies hosts victory

The Brazilian struck in the second half to ensure both sides took home a share of the spoils in a tight affair

Neymar, Atletico - Barcelona
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A first Barcelona goal from Neymar denied Atletico Madrid a hard earned win over the Liga champions as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday.

The Brazilian's 66th-minute header cancelled out David Villa's opener at the Estadio Vicente Calderon to set up a tantalising second leg.

Villa's goal was also his first for his new club and came against his former side but Barcelona will go into the return tie on August 28 with the upper hand.

Whether Barca superstar Lionel Messi is available for that clash, however, remains to be seen after he came off at half-time with a suspected hamstring injury.

It was Villa who struck with the first real chance of the game as his brilliant finish put Atleti ahead on 12 minutes.

A sweeping counterattack led to Villa playing a clever pass out wide to Arda Turan and the Turkey international returned the ball to his 31-year-old team-mate.

Just inside the area, Villa's volley was exquisitely controlled and found the bottom corner for his first goal for los Rojiblancos.

Barcelona characteristically controlled possession but struggled to create much against a well-drilled Atletico defence.

Making matters worse for Barca, Messi made way at half-time and was replaced by Cesc Fabregas.

The former Arsenal captain went close to an equaliser four minutes into the second half, moments after Alexis Sanchez was denied by Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one.

After the Chilean's effort was kept out, he set up Fabregas, who was unable to get a shot away under a last-ditch tackle from Turan.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between for Barca and Andres Iniesta tried his luck from range but his effort was comfortably saved by Courtois.

Diego Costa forced Victor Valdes into a save on the hour-mark before Barcelona equalised through Neymar six minutes later.

The Brazil star had been introduced just seven minutes before he headed in a Dani Alves cross at the back post, after the right-back exchanged passes with Xavi.

Alves' cross was perfectly weighted and Courtois was unable to get across quick enough to keep the header out at his near post.

Barcelona looked the more likely to find a winner and saw Xavi curl a free-kick just over on 72 minutes.

Courtois came out quickly to block a Sanchez shot at the back post minutes later as the visitors took control of the contest.

A tired-looking home side were pinned back into their defensive half but they remained compact enough to keep Barcelona at bay and set up an intriguing second leg at Camp Nou.


Atletico de Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Diego Godín
Defender
3.00
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
39′
3.00
20
Juanfran
Defender
36′
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
3.50
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
56′
3.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
73′
3.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
12′ 76′
3.50
14
Gabi
Midfielder
3.00
9
David Villa
Striker
12′
4.00
19
Diego Costa
Striker
79′
2.50

Barcelona

3.00
1
3.50
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
65′
3.50
22
3.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
89′
2.50
8
3.00
14
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
43′
3.00
7
Pedro
Striker
59′
3.00
9
2.50
10

Substitutes

1
Dani Aranzubia
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
26
 - 
5
Tiago
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
-
Oliver Torres
Midfielder
73′
3.00
6
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
2
Montoya
Defender
3.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
46′
 - 
12
 - 
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
89′
4.00
11
Neymar
Striker
59′ 66′ 86′
 - 
20
Tello
Striker

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
First Final
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
David Villa David Villa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
1 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
1 0