Copa del Rey

Semi finals, first leg

Atlético Madrid 1 – Barcelona 2

Atlético: Moyà; Vrsaljko (Fernando Torres 46‘), Savic, Godín, Filipe Luis; Juanfran, Gabi, Koke, Saúl Ñíguez (Gaitán 59’); Griezmann, Carrasco (Gameiro 70’). 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Cillessen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Rakitic (Denis Suárez 58’), Mascherano, André Gomes (Rafinha 72’); Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar. 4-3-3.

0-1. 06. Luis Suárez. Ran on from midfield to poke shot wide of Moyà.
0-2. 33. Messi. Picked up Rakitic pass and bent angled shot in off far post.
1-2. 60. Griezmann. Header past Cillessen after Godín headed on free kick.

Yellow cards: Saúl Ñíguez 31’, Savic 39’, Neymar 64’, Griezmann 75’, Gabi 84’, Messi 90’, Mascherano 91’, Juanfran 91’.

Barcelona are on track for a third Copa del Rey title in a row after they beat Atlético Madrid 1-2 in the first leg of their semi-final. Luis Suárez opened the scoring for Luis Enrique’s team in only the sixth minute, running on past four defenders to beat Moyà after Mascherano won the ball in midfield, and Messi fired home an impressive second with just over half an hour on the clock. Simeone’s half time team talk did the trick though, Griezmann heading one back on the hour mark after Godín headed across a set-piece Gabi free kick, and although Moyà had to tip a Messi free kick on to the bar, Griezmann, Fernando Torres and Gameiro all had chances to level the scores later on. The second leg is in the Nou Camp next Tuesday, although Neymar and Gabi will be missing after they picked up their third bookings of the competition.