MADRID (AP) — Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to attract with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run towards the Madrid membership to 17 Spanish league matches.
The outcome additionally stored Barcelona within the lead, one level in entrance of Atletico.
Sevilla has an opportunity to maneuver previous each golf equipment if it defeats Valladolid at house on Sunday.
Diego Costa put the hosts in entrance with a 77th-minute header for his first league objective of the season, however Dembele ended Atletico’s hopes of ending its eight-year winless streak towards Barcelona with a objective from inside the realm within the ninetieth after a go by Lionel Messi.
Atletico has solely two wins towards Barcelona in 27 matches, each within the Champions League, with the final one in 2016. Atletico hasn’t overwhelmed the Catalan membership within the league since 2010, earlier than coach Diego Simeone took cost.
Barcelona was coming off a 4-3 house loss towards Actual Betis and entered the match with one of many league’s worst defenses with 18 targets conceded.
It was an excellent match from the beginning, with Barcelona attempting to regulate possession whereas Atletico held again on protection and tried to reap the benefits of counterattacks.
Neither crew created important scoring possibilities at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium till Costa opened the scoring with a close-range header on a nook taken by Antoine Griezmann. Dembele’s equalizer got here with a low left-footed shot previous goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Dembele had entered the match within the eightieth to switch Arthur.
Messi, in his second match since coming back from a damaged forearm, arrange Dembele’s objective however he had not been a lot of an element till then.
Barcelona featured the return of central defender Samuel Umtiti, who hadn’t performed for the reason that finish of September due to a left knee harm. Coach Ernesto Valverde misplaced midfielder Sergi Roberto simply earlier than halftime due to an harm.
Atletico was with out its common starters in central protection as Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez have been injured.
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