Barca held to 1-1 draw by stubborn Atletico

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-22
Published : 22 Sep 2016, 11:05:27

Barcelona lose Messi to injury, drop points against Atletico Madrid at home

Barca held to 1-1 draw by stubborn Atletico
Barcelona failed to narrow the gap on league leaders Real Madrid as they were held by title rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

After failing to unpick Atletico's defence with intricate passing, the hosts took the lead as Ivan Rakitic glanced in Andres Iniesta's cross.

Lionel Messi was forced off with an injury on the hour and Atletico took quick advantage as Angel Correa danced through the defence to equalise.

Gerard Pique and Diego Godin went close but neither La Liga side could score further, reports BBC.

A point means Luis Enrique's side could only match Real's earlier draw with Villarreal as they remain third in the league behind their fiercest rivals and Sevilla.

- TM
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