Hard-Fighting Barcelona Defeat Atletico Madrid in Epic La Liga Encounter As Dani Alves Sees Red

Hard-Fighting Barcelona Defeat Atletico Madrid in Epic La Liga Encounter As Dani Alves Sees Red

Babajide Orevba
  • Barcelona moved to fourth position on the La Liga standings after putting up one of their best performances to defeat Atletico Madrid
  • Jordi Alba, Gavi, Ronald Araujo and Dani Alves were all on the score-sheet for the Catalan giants, but the latter saw later sent off
  • Xavi’s brother and manager Oscar Hernandez was also sent off during the encounter which saw the best of Barca in recent times

Barcelona put up a scintillating performance on Sunday night to defeat Atletico Madrid 4-2 in a fiery La Liga encounter at the fully packed Camp Nou, Daily Mail reports.

The six-goal thriller saw the Catalan giants move to fourth position on the La Liga standings courtesy of goals by Jordi Alba, Gavi, Ronald Araujo and Dani Alves.

Rampaging Barcelona side outclassed Diego Simeone’s men in the encounter as pundits believe it is the best match Barcelona have played since the departure of Lionel Messi.

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Barcelona celebrate one of their goals against Atletico. Photo: Eric Alonso
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A sensational show by Adama Traore and a wonder striker by Jordi Alba were major highlights of the encounter, however, Dani Alves was shown a straight red.

The Brazilian was sent off during the encounter as well as Xavi’s brother and assistant Oscar Hernandez.

Simeone attempts to taunt Xavi

There were mind games leading to the encounter after Diego Simeone claimed that Xavi once said that Atletico’s style was not for big teams.

The Argentine then charged the Barcelona boss to show the stuff he is made of, having signed eight new players during the January transfer window.

As for Atletico Madrid, it will be hard to make the Champions League with such awful defending.

Aubameyang names in Barcelona’s Europa League squad

Meanwhile, Aubameyang has been included in Barcelona’s Europa League team as the Spanish giants prepare to play in Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time in over fifteen years.

The Gabonese forward joined up with the Blaugrana after forcing a move from Premier League Club Arsenal where he was stripped of the team’s captaincy following disciplinary issues.

The 32-year-old put pen-to-paper on a deal until June 2025 which includes a buyout clause of £84million.

Martinelli wants Aubameyang’s short at Arsenal

Sports Brief earlier reported that Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli reportedly wants to take over Aubameyang's No.14 shirt following the Gabonese's switch to Barcelona.

Martinelli has shown interest in inheriting Auba's iconic No.14 shirt as he pushes to fill the shoes of the Gabon international.

The youngster has previously declared his desire for Auba's iconic shirt, underscoring its significance at the Emirates.

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