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Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid: Goals and Highlights from 2016 La Liga Game

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 12:  Gabi Fernandez of Club Atletico de Madrid tries to stop Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Tom WebbUK Staff WriterJanuary 30, 2016

Barcelona faced Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou on Saturday in a highly anticipated clash of La Liga's top two.

The hosts started the game top of the table on goal difference, but it was Atleti who struck first, Koke finishing well after Saul Niguez's cross proved too much for the Barca defence.

#Koke strikes first to give #Atleti the lead. #FCBAtleti (via @8Fact_Football ) pic.twitter.com/wFBmKW47do

— WORLD F.C. (@_worldfc) January 30, 2016

The home side responded and equalised after half an hour, with Neymar freeing Jordi Alba, whose pull-back was swept home by Lionel Messi.

Eight minutes later, Barca went ahead, Luis Suarez slotting through goalkeeper Jan Oblak's legs despite pressure from a defender.

What a pass from Dani Alves. Great movement and finish by Suarez pic.twitter.com/sueVZTekOz

— Danny (@R9Rai) January 30, 2016

Atleti's chances of a comeback took a blow when Filipe Luis received a straight red card shortly before half-time for a nasty knee-high challenge on Messi.

Filipe Luis trying to take off Lionel Messi's kneecap pic.twitter.com/bTUFEXNFmL

— Football Mumble (@FootballMumble) January 30, 2016

In the second half, things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Diego Godin received a second yellow card for a wild challenge on Suarez, leaving Atleti with just nine men with more than 25 minutes left to play.

Lance do segundo amarelo e expulsão de Godín
Barcelona X Atlético de Madrid
Siga: @FutNaRedonda pic.twitter.com/KgFkYxZzJw

— Gols Pra Você! (@Golspravoce) January 30, 2016

Barca held on to go three points clear with a game in hand at the top of La Liga.

Final score: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

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