Barcelona did not rebound from the horrible error of Marc-Andre ter Stegen when they lost at Atletico Madrid.
The remarkable mistake by Marc-Andre ter Stegen gave Atletico Madrid the decisive goal as they beat Barcelona 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
A remarkable Yannick Carrasco strike in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, snapping Atleti’s 20-match winless streak against Barca in LaLiga, resolved Saturday’s hard-fought game.
Ter Stegen rashly took out in search of the ball close to the halfway line and was beaten by Carrasco, who held his composure to reach the net, making only his third Blaugrana start in all competitions after returning from a knee injury.
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It was a blow from which Barca did not rebound as they bowed to the season’s third league defeat to sit 10th, also losing Gerard Pique to a knee injury while the teething issues of Ronald Koeman display no sign of easing.
In a lively start that saw Antoine Griezmann stab his volley just over before Ter Stegen dived away to his right to make a clever save from Saul Niguez’s 20-yard drive, the visitors had kept their own.
An early breakthrough came nearest to Marcos Llorente but blasted against the crossbar.
In proceedings with a sublime pass between Kieran Trippier’s thighs, Jordi Alba disrupted a subsequent lull to send Lionel Messi through, but from a tight angle he fired too close to Jan Oblak.
On the stroke of half-time, however, a nutmeg at the other end proved much more expensive, as Carrasco nudged the ball past Ter Stegen, who had inexplicably charged 40 yards from his goal to leave the Atletico winger with an easy finish into an empty net.
Eleven minutes after the restart, Clement Lenglet could have nodded Barca level but instead aimed his header straight to a thankful Oblak and then saw center-back partner Pique land uncomfortably under a challenge, needing assistance to depart the tunnel.
And Diego Simeone’s men came out hard again afterward, forcing Barca back the other direction to see a precious win.
And what is next?
In midweek, Champions League play continues with Atletico at Lokomotiv Moscow’s home on Wednesday, the day after Barca visits Dynamo Kiev.