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Atletico vs Barcelona: Messi’s beautiful curler sends Barca top

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In a match in which each side could have scored six or seven times, the only difference after 90 minutes is a moment of brilliance from Messi, whose left-foot finish followed a perfect one-two with Suarez – giving Barcelona a 1-0 victory at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Both Ter Stegen and Oblak looked unbeatable in the driving rain after Hermoso, Morata, Pique and Griezmann were all denied from seemingly guaranteed distances.

As the fixture unfolded, both Atleti and Barca began to get increasingly frustrated – with Pique lucky to escape a second yellow card before his eventual substitution due to injury.

The result puts Barcelona back on top – level with Real Madrid, while Atleti stay sixth.

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