Barcelona took a step into the semi-finals of the champions league after coming from behind to defeat Atletico madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou in a game marred with various controversies.Atletico Madrid took the lead in the 25th minute after good work from Koke who split the ball through the Barcelona defence for Torres who scored through the keeper’s legs.
The Atletico Madrid forward though was sent off for a second bookable offence though moments later after appearing to clatter Barca’s Sergio Busquets from behind,a decison though which raised many highbrows.
From then on,it was all Barcelona probing the resilient Atletico defence but couldn’t break it till the second half.The goal finally came on the 61st minute when Alves’s cross was met by Jordi Alba who played it across goal for Suarez to score the equalizer.Minutes later, Alves’s inswinging cross was met by Suarez who nodded it into Oblak’s net to complete the comeback.Suarez though should’ve been sent-off after appearing to kick Juanfran after the ball had run out of play but totally went unpurnished by the refree.
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Asked about the two Suarez let-offs, a fuming Diego Simeone said: ‘There were more than two incidents. But I cannot say what I really think. We now have a second leg next week to try to get ourselves into the last four.‘They know how to use the extra man and we were trapped in our half in the second half but I am enormously proud of my players.’Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis was less reticent than his manager, saying: ‘I don’t know what Barcelona’s players have to do to be sent off. They are protected and that really hurts.’Asked about the sending-off of Torres, Luis Enrique said: ‘I saw the two Torres fouls the same way all Barcelona fans will have seen them, as two clear yellow cards.’
In the other game,Byern munich defeated Benfica 1-0 with the goal coming from Chilean, Arturo Vidal after just two minutes of play.It ended up being a tough game for Bayern who struggled to break down the away team’s resilient team spirit, Benfica should have equalized had Jonas not fluffed his lines.Guardiola though wasn’t surprised by Benfica, saying “We played against a great team. I said it at the press conference, but people do not always believe me because they do not see Benfica play that often.We have achieved a convincing performance on the whole. In the first half we had a lot of opportunities to score, but I’m pretty happy. We are there and it is still open.”