FC Barcelona missed another chance to go top of LaLiga after playing to a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid in a top-of-the-table clash at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Result: FC Barcelona 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Date: 08 May 2021
Venue: Camp Nou
Atletico made two changes with their side that overcame Eibar within their lasting out, with Koke and Felipe returning. Barcelona made only 1 change to their side, with Mingueza obtaining the start in place of Ronald Araujo.
With three minutes gone, Thomas Lemar did well to cut inside from the left onto his less favoured right foot and get the shot away but Marc Andre Ter Stegen made a comfortable save down to his right.
In the ninth minute, Luis Suarez won a free-kick off Gerard Pique on the edge of the box and he dusted himself before lifting an attempt over the wall but itf was straight at Ter Stegen.
On the half-hour mark, A quick ball outrageous from Frenkie de Jong released Antoine Griezmann in space on the edge of the Atletico box and he let fly on his left foot however the effort was straight at Jan Oblak.
Immediately after, Ter Stegen made an excellent save from a rasping left-footed strike from Yannick Carrasco right down to his left.
Shortly prior to the interval, Messi danced his way magnificently through the Atletico defence, weaving past three challenges in a run from the right flank and he struck an effort that Oblak just were able to tip wide.
Two minutes following the break, Messi delivered a teaser and Clement Lenglet nodded over. Immediately after, Messi checked back inside on his right and whipped it to the trunk post for Pique, who glanced the header wide.
In the 65th minute, Koke brought down Messi on the edge of the Atletico box. Messi stepped up and curled an outstanding effort over the wall from the proper edge of the box towards the bottom-left corner, but Oblak stretched with his right hand to divert it behind.
Barca had a goal disallowed immediately after when Araujo glanced a Jordi Alba cross in to the back of the web but the flag grew up for offside.
Ousmane Dembele missed a fantastic opportunity with 5 minutes to visit snatch all three points. Barca sliced through Atletico down the left as Messi and Griezmann combined release a Alba, who delivered in to the box for Dembele, but he headed wide with the goal gaping.
The last chance fell to Messi in the 90th minute when he bent one towards the most notable left corner nonetheless it went inches wide of the target.
And in the long run, the sides would need to settle for a share of the spoils as Atletico maintain their two-lead at the top of the table.