Luis Suarez Scores Twice as Barcelona Beat Atletico Madrid

Barca’s Suarez netted twice for a 2-1 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final match.

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Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Atletico Madrid. (Photo: AP)

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez netted twice for a 2-1 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday after the visitors’ Fernando Torres opened the scoring and was later sent off.

After a flurry of chances for the home side, Suarez levelled from close range in the 63rd minute and then headed the winner in the 74th, giving the European champions the edge before next week’s second leg at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico got off to the ideal start when Torres fired Koke’s pass through the legs of keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after 25 minutes but 10 minutes later he was dismissed for a second booking as they suffered a seventh straight loss to Barca.

Atletico had been in confident mood after thrashing Real Betis 5-1 in la Liga on Saturday and were looking to take advantage of Barcelona, who were reeling from a 2-1 home defeat by Real Madrid that ended their record 39-game unbeaten run.

Diego Simeone’s men defended as a team and their organised play and high pressing interrupted Barca’s usual quick passing game.

We are still alive in the tie. They had a chance to score another goal with an extra man and they didn’t, so that gives us hope and belief. The second leg is going to be a great game.
Diego Simeone, Coach, Atletico Madrid

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