Barcelona hold on for a precious three points against a very difficult opponent - but any celebrations will be tempered by the sight of Lionel Messi being stretchered from the field in absolute agony. The extent of Messi's injury will have a much larger bearing on Barcelona's season than the three points they gained in this fixture. Good night from me, and remember to stay with us here at goal.com for all the reaction to tonight's match.
The referee blows his whistle in the sixth minute of inury time and Barcelona hold on for a big 2-1 win away to bogey team Atletico Madrid.
Yellow Card Javier Mascherano
Substitution Lionel Messi Bojan Krkic
Messi is in real agony as he is stretchered from the field with his hands gripped tightly to his face. It looks like this could be a serious injury.
RED CARD! Tomas Ujfalusi is sent-off for a cyncial trip on Lionel Messi. The experienced defender trudges from the field with his head down - he knows he has let himself and his teammates down.
Red Card Tomas Ujfalusi
Substitution Andrés Iniesta Luján Javier Mascherano
Mascherano replaces Iniesta - and, in a unique moment of sportsmanship, the home crowd give the Spanish international a warm round of applause as he leaves the field.
Yellow/Red Tomas Ujfalusi
New Barcelona signing Javier Mascherano is currently stripped and ready to come on for the remaining minutes.
Yellow Card Paulo Assunçao
De Gea has the ball at his feet and the Vicente Calderon breaks into a spontaneous standing ovation in recognition of the 19-year-old's stunning goalkeeping display.
Yellow Card Paulo Assunçao
Yellow Card Carles Puyol
MESSI MUST SCORE!?! But no. De Gea makes himself big and blocks the Argentinian's route to goal when it looked like Messi would surely put the game beyond the home side.
Yellow Card Víctor Valdés
Atletico are starting to apply some sustained pressure and even captain Lopezis joining in as he marauds forward from left-back, cuts in field and unleashes a right-footed strike, but this leg is for standing on for Lopez and the ball slithers wide for a goal kick.
Alves arrives in the nick of time to head the ball away for a corner with Reyes poised to send a volley hurtling towards goal.
Simao rolls a free-kick out to Reyes on the edge of the penalty area. The striker's side-footed effort crashes into the side netting and creates an illusion that he has scored for some sections of the stadium, who begin celebrating a goal only to be disappointed to see their hero fail to celebrate.
And De Gea has won his personal battle with the world class striker as Villa is replaced by Seydou Keita as Pep Guardiola looks to tighten up in an attempt to hold what his team have.
Substitution David Villa Seydou Keita
De Gea comes out on top again in his personal duel with Villa as he races from his line to block at the feet of Villa.
GREAT SAVE! Its a man of the match performance for the Atleti De Gea goalkeeper as he flies to his right to save a Villa long range effort that look destined for the top corner.
A clumsy slip by Perea gifts Villa possession on the edge of the box. The former Valencia striker fools Ujfalusi and fires a shot at goal, but the effort is too high and sails over the crossbar. Villa should have scored.
Messi finds Villa's run with a slide-rule pass but the striker's first time hooked effort is blocked by De Gea at his near post - a routine save for the in form stopper.
Substitution Álvaro Domínguez Antonio López
Quique Sanchez Flores makes a sensible decision to replace Dominguez with fellow left-back Antonio Lopez, as Dominguez had already been cautioned and was sailing particularly close to a second caution.
The ball is worked wide to Villa by Iniesta but Villa's low strike is deflected wide by Dominguez, who makes a crucial block.
Substitution Raúl García Tiago
Tiago replaces Atletico Madrid goalscorer Raul Garcia.
Thre game is starting to get a little scrappy as Reyes goes in high on Maxwell right beside the corner flag. The referee awards a free-kick but does not punish the Atletico winger.
Simao trips Iniesta wide on the right then Dominguez blocks off Alves' run less than 30 seconds later. Dominguez is very fortunate not to receive a second yellow card for the foul.
Incisive link-up play between Messi, Xavi and Iniesta puts Pedro through on goal but the wideman is slow to get his shot away and the ball runs harmlessly through to De Gea.
The Vicente Calderon breaks into a chorus of 'Viva Espana' in an attempt to unsettle their Catalunyan opponents.
Yellow Card Tomas Ujfalusi
Brazlian Diego Costa replaces the ineffectual Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian was a peripheral figure and looked uncomfortable throughout the first half.
Substitution Sergio Agüero Diego Costa
De Gea is unbeatable. Although Messi was ultimately offside, De Gea sprung to his left to flick Messi's downward header past the post after the diminutive front man had got on the end of Alves floated cross. The young goakeeper is in the form of his life.
AMAZING! De Gea makes another, almost identical, stunning stop to deny Dan Alves this time. The Brazilian full-back let fly from 30 yards.
SENSATIONAL SAVE! De Gea flies to his right to tip Xavi's bending shot wide of the upright after a neat lay off by Iniesta.
Strong penalty shouts from the home side are ignored by the referee ater Carles Puyol appeared to handle Ujfalusi's awkwardly bouncing cross from the right.
The second half begins! Although Quique Sanchez Flores might not agree, the first half was a very entertaining affair. The second half promises to be just as exciting as the opening 45 as Atletico search for a way back into the match, so stay with us here at goal.com to find out who will come out on top in this La Liga clash.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time and is greeted by a chorus of jeers and whistles by a frustrated home support. It's been great a game so far and Barcelona lead 2-1 at the break thanks to goals by Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique. Join us at 20.00 CET for the second half to find out if the second half will be as action packed as the first.
Dani Alves' cross from the right is taken at its highest point by De Gea - a great catch.
Messi goes on one of his mazy dribbles down the left hand wing but it takes three Atletico players to surround him and take the ball.
Tomas Ujfalusi makes a prodigious leap to win the header from Reyes' in swinging free-kick but he fails to get sufficient power in his effort and Valdes makes an easy catch.
Perea is lucky not to give a foul away on the edge of the box after his clumsy challenge sees him career into David Villa's back. The refree, however, is unimpressed and waves play on.
Yellow Card L. Perea
Luis Perea is shown a yellow card after he cuts out a pass with an outstretched arm.
Yellow Card Maxwell
Barca left-back is cautioned for a flailing arm that connects with Jose Antonio Reyes' face.
GOAL! 2-1 BARCELONA! Lionel Messi's swirling corner finds Pique at the back post and the big defender is given enough space to chest the ball down and then fire an unstoppable low shot through a crowd of players and into the far corner of the net. What a game this is tunring out to be.
Assist Lionel Messi
A Forlan shot is blocked at one end then Messi takes possession and sprints the length of the field but his low shot is blocked and goes behind for a corner.
Yellow Card Daniel Alves
Luis Perea gets himself back into a great position to makes a sensational goalline clearance to stop Barcelona from re-taking the lead.
David Villa looks to be through on goal but the linensman raises a flag to halt the Spanish internationalist in his tracks.
GOAL! Atletico Madrid hit back with an equaliser. Simao's in swinging corner from the right is missed by Valdes in the Barca goal and RAUL GARCIA rises highest to head the ball home.
Goal Raúl García
Messi gets on the end of Xavi's low cross but miscues his effort and sends the ball sailing high and wide.
Barcelona are dominating possession here and the home crowd are starting to grow increasingly frustrated by their side's start.
Alavaro Dominguez is cautioned for a cyncial foul wide on the left.
Yellow Card Álvaro Domínguez
Gerard Pique volleys a Xavi free-kick from wide on the right high over the crossbar, but is penalised for a foul in any case.
GOAL! HE'S DONE IT AGAIN! Lionel Messi scampers in behind the Atletico defence and dinks the ball past De Gea with the outside of his left foot to open the scoring.
Goal Lionel Messi
SO CLOSE! David Villa is through on goal one-on-one with David De Gea, curls his effort round the goalkeeper but the ball rebounds to safety off the outisde of the right hand post.
Diego Forlan tries an ambitious effort from fully 25 yards but he fails to catch the ball properly and the ball rolls through to Victor Valdes for a comfortable save.
The classy Barcelona triumvirate of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Messi link-up in midfield but Messi slightly overhits the ball and gifts possession to the opposition.
Barcelona have taken to the field in an a predominantly green kit which is very reminiscent of the 1993/94 away shirt graced by the likes of Hristo Stoichkov and Romario.
Lionel Messi feeds David Villa down the left but the former Valencia man's low cross is cut out by Diego Godin and cleared to safety.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of this evening's huge La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon. Barcelona will be looking for a massive improvement after last weekend's shock home defeat versus newly promoted Hercules. Atletico, on the other hand, will be looking to build on their impressive 2-1 win away to Athletic Bilbao. The game is about to kick-off, so stay tuned to find out which of La Liga's big guns comes out on top.
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