First Division - Day 22

Atlético Madrid 2 - Barcelona 1

Atlético: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Domínguez, Antonio López; Simao, Tiago, Paulo Assunçao, Reyes (Valera 86'); Agüero (Ibrahima 92'), Diego Forlán (Jurado 82'). 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Jeffrén (Bartra 60'), Puyol, Milito, Maxwell; Xavi (Bojan 77'), Busquets, Keita (Pedro 02'); Messi, Ibrahimovic, Iniesta. 4-3-3.

1-0. 09. Forlán. Ran on to Reyes through ball and fired shot wide of Valdés.
2-0. 22. Simao. Curled free kick over defensive wall in to far top corner of net.
2-1. 26. Ibrahimovic. Turned ball in on far post after Puyol headed across corner.

Yellow cards: Simao 59', Maxwell 66', Tiago 68', Busquets 74', Puyol 79', Ibrahimovic 88'.

Barcelona's unbeaten league record has finally fallen after a 2-1 defeat at Atlético Madrid on Sunday night. Guardiola had to put out a makeshift defence against an Atlético side who were euphoric after qualifying for the cup final midweek, and within nine minutes they were behind when Forlán ran on to a Reyes through ball to beat Valdés. Agüero should have scored again before Simao made it two with a well struck free kick midway through the first half, but the visitors came back when Ibrahimovic turned the ball in on the far post following Xavi's corner. There were few chances for either side after that though in a scrappy second half, and Barça ended the weekend just two points above arch-rivals Real Madrid.