FC Barcelona 4 Atlético Madrid 1

17 Dec

Football Club Barcelona moved nine points clear at the top of La Liga after beating second-placed Atlético Madrid 4-1 at Camp Nou tonight. It might have been a very different story after Diego Simeone’s side clearly had the better of the first half an hour with the always dangerous Radamel Falcao putting the visitors in front. However, a splendid strike from Adriano Correira brought Barça level before Sergio Busquets put Barça ahead on the stroke of half time. Leo Messi had had a quiet first half but he struck twice in the second half to secure the points for Barça and take his goal tally for 2012 to the ridiculous figure of 90. With third-placed Real Madrid now thirteen points adrift after drawing 2-2 with Espanyol there are many who will say the Liga is already in the bag though with 22 games still to play there is still a long way to the finish line.Barcelona 4-1 Atletico Madrid team photoThere were few surprises in the starting lineups. Atlético coach Diego Simeone started with his expected XI whereas Tito Vilanova made the important decision to continue with Adriano at right back, while with Cesc Fabregas out injured he returned to the classic midfield of Xavi, Busquets and Iniesta while bringing in Alexis Sanchez to play on the left wing, meaning David Villa again started on the bench along with Mascherano, Alves, Song, Thiago and Tello.

via FC Barcelona 4 Atlético Madrid 1.

via FC Barcelona 4 Atlético Madrid 1.

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