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Nov 21, 2020 at 8pm UK at Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
1-0
BarcelonaBarcelona
Carrasco (45+3')
Koke (9'), Carrasco (26'), Savic (79'), Gimenez (80')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Marc-Andre ter Stegen mistake costs Barcelona against Atletico Madrid

Result: Marc-Andre ter Stegen mistake costs Barcelona against Atletico Madrid
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The German came racing out of his goal to try to shutdown a counter-attack, with Yannick Carrasco capitalising.

Atletico Madrid punished a mistake by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to close out a 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.

The German had a rush of blood in first-half stoppage time when he raced up field to try to shutdown a counter-attack, only to be left red-faced as Yannick Carrasco took the ball around him and knocked it into the empty net.

Barcelona could not find their way back into the match, leaving coach Ronald Koeman once again facing more questions over the direction of his side.

Antoine Griezmann had almost given Barcelona an early lead against his old club, but fired over from a cross by Ousmane Dembele.

Atletico then nearly went in front as Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen produced a fine reaction stop to save Saul Niguez's first-time strike.

The hosts were denied by the frame of the goal on 12 minutes after Marcos Llorente was played in and his shot came back off the crossbar.

Following such an electric start, the tempo of the match dropped as half-time approached, only for the game to come to life again in stoppage time.

Ter Stegen came racing out of his goal to try to shutdown an Atletico counter-attack from a long pass upfield, and Carrasco took the ball around the stranded Barcelona keeper before knocking it into an empty net from 25 yards.

Barcelona regrouped during the interval and almost got back on level terms soon after the restart when Clement Lenglet headed straight at Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

As the hour mark approached, coach Ronald Koeman made a change as Philippe Coutinho replaced Pedri.

Oblak was again in the right place to save Lenglet's downward header from a cross by Lionel Messi before Barcelona were dealt an injury blow to Gerard Pique.

The defender was forced off following a tangle with Angel Correa as they fell during a tackle, replaced by Sergino Dest.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (left) was forced off injured following an awkward fall
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique (left) was forced off injured following an awkward fall (Bernat Armangue/AP)

Atletico made a tactical change with 15 minutes left when Llorente was substitute for Diego Costa, the striker fit again following his own injury lay-off.

Barca coach Koeman sent on Portuguese winger for the closing stages, replacing Griezmann, but there was to be no late drama.

Atletico, who are now 24 games unbeaten, move level on 20 points with leaders Real Sociedad, while Barcelona are down in 10th place.

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