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Two excellent stops by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen have kept Atletico from breaking the deadlock.
That’s that for the first half, with barely a minute of injury time played at the end of a breathless first 45 minutes.
Goalless at the interval, but a really tasty contest.
The scoreline certainly does not do this first half justice, or certainly the last 20 minutes or so.
Barcelona appear to have shaken off their early cobwebs and are building play nicely as we approach the interval.
But Atletico, as we’ve come to expect under Diego Simeone, are standing firm.
Here we go, the chances are flying in now!
Barcelona earn themselves a corner and Gerard Pique rises highest, producing a powerful header that crashes off the crossbar.
That wonderful save by ter Stegen is all that has kept Atletico from a deserved lead so far.
And there’s another!!!
My word. This is arguably even better than the first.
Alvaro Morata meets Kieran Trippier’s cross with his head but ter Stegen produces a marvelous low save, scooping the ball away.
Ideozu-Frank Sampson:Early senseless noises from Atleti. Once Barça find their way in front, fans and players will sink in agony!
TheRampantOtter:This is the worst Barca side since Pep’s 2nd Champs League win in 2011. Messi is as much of a hinderance as he is a help.
Garett T Switzer:Imagine making saves like ter stegen does, being the best gk in the world, then being told to sit down and shut up every time you put on the german kit. mind-boggling politics in football sometimes
A first corner for Barcelona now.
What can they make of this?
Absolutely nothing. Lionel Messi’s cross from the right is far too high and goes straight out of play.
He’s not quite at it yet this evening, but how many times have we said that before.
A flurry of fouls sees Gerard Pique join Junior Firpo in the book for Barca. Pique resorts to a rugby-style tackle to stop Atletico advancing and the home support will not let him get away with that one.
Eight shots from Atletico so far.
Just the one for Barcelona.
But with just one of their shots landing on target, Atletico need to start making much more of their chances. Especially now Barca are beginning to warm up here…
A first real opening for Barcelona arrives after great work from Lionel Messi.
The Argentine does really well to muscle his way through a couple of tackles, before finding Ivan Rakitic whose shot is smothered by Jan Oblak.
Better from Barca after weathering a difficult period.
Atletico look confident and much more threatening than Barcelona so far, while Ernesto Valverde’s side are struggling to contain the hosts and look unsure at the back.
The crowd are on their feet again as Hector Herrera curls a shot from the egde of the box, but his attempt falls narrowly wide.
Unbelievable stop by Marc-Andre ter Stegen! I have no idea how that has stayed out.
Another foul by Junior Firpo on the edge of the area hands Atletico a great opportunity to send another dangerous ball into the box, which Koke does.
The cross is initially cleared but the ball comes back in for Mario Hermoso and the centre-back looks sure to score, but ter Stegen somehow gets enough on the shot to keep it out.
A brilliant delivery from Kieran Trippier, as the former Tottenham right-back whips his free-kick across the face of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal.
Atletico appeal for a corner, adamant the ball was headed over the bar by a Barca defender, but the referee decides in favour of the visitors.
A good spell for Atletico now, with Diego Simeone urging his players forward from the touchline.
Hector Herrera is bundled over by Junior Firpo and the hosts have a free-kick out on the right.
Kieran Trippier to take.