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First Division - Day 3

Atlético Madrid 1 - Barcelona 2

Atlético: De Gea; Ujfalusi, Perea, Godín, Domínguez (Antonio López 68'); Reyes, Paulo Assuncao, Raúl García (Tiago 65'), Simao; Diego Forlán, Agüero (Diego Costa 51'). 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Maxwell; Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta (Mascherano 91'); Messi (Bojan 94'), David Villa (Keita 77'), Pedro. 4-3-3.

0-1. 13. Messi. Ran on to Pedro through ball and touched shot on past De Gea.
1-1. 23. Raúl García. Got above Valdés to head Simao corner in to net.
1-2. 33. Piqué. Chested on Messi corner and fired angled shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Domínguez 17', Dani Alves 30', Maxwell 35', Perea 36', Ujfalusi 52', Valdés 84', Puyol 86', Assunçao 87' / red cards: Ujfalusi 92'.

The match of the weekend was undoubtedly at the Calderón stadium, where last week's leaders Atlético Madrid were beaten 1-2 by Barcelona on Sunday evening. The fixture lived up to it's reputation of action and goals, Villa hitting the post before Pedro put Messi through to open the scoring early on. Raúl García headed an equaliser from Simao's corner, but with just over half an hour gone Barça were back in the lead when Piqué controlled Messi's corner on his chest before smashing a shot past De Gea.

The young keeper was the best man on the park in the second half, making a string of first class saves from Villa and Messi to keep his side in the game. Atlético themselves felt they should have had a penalty or two, and Reyes fired a shot just wide near the end. A win however for Guardiola's side, although the bad news for the coach was a late tackle by Ujfalusi which left Messi facing a three or four week lay-off with a bad ankle. The Czech defender was shown a red card for the foul.