First league defeat for Barça

February 15, 2010

It had to happen at some stage – and with a much weakened defence thanks to injury and suspension, Barcelona finally lost their first Spanish League match against Atletico Madrid. With Real Madrid beating Xerez 3-0 on Saturday, that leaves just a 2 point advantage over their arch rival.

The Barça line up looked very unfamiliar thanks to the number of absent players, but within the first few minutes the already long injury list was even longer when Seydou Keita limped off the pitch to be replaced by Pedro – he is expected to be out of action for four weeks.

And then, in the eighth minute, Forlán ran to pick up the ball behind the Barça defence and past Victor Valdes. Atletico’s second goal of the night came from a free kick in the 22nd minute, scored by Simao.

Barcelona picked themselves up with the result that Ibrahimovic scored from a corner in minute 26. However, they were looking a little ragged and not up to their usual standard.  In the second half the team looked rather tired and despite Xavi being replaced by Bojan Krkic, the visitors were unable to find the strength to equalise.

All in all a disappointing result, but at the end of the day, one that had to be expected at some stage – with several key players out this weekend, the chances of Barcelona’s record ending this weekend were always high.

1-0 Forlán (min 8 )
2-0 Simao (min 22)
2-1 Ibrahimovic (min 26)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
22
17
4
1
53
13
55
2
Real Madrid
22
17
2
3
53
14
53
3
Valencia
22
12
7
3
39
19
43
4
Sevilla
22
12
3
7
33
24
39
5
Mallorca
21
11
4
6
35
23
37
6
Deportivo
22
10
5
7
24
24
35
7
Athletic Bilbao
22
10
3
9
28
29
33
8
Getafe
22
10
2
10
30
28
32
9
Villarreal
22
8
5
9
33
31
29
10
Osasuna
22
8
5
9
21
22
29
11
Atlético Madrid
22
7
6
9
33
35
27
12
Espanyol
22
7
5
10
16
29
26
13
Sporting Gijón
22
6
7
9
22
26
25
14
Racing Santander
22
6
7
9
24
31
25
15
Málaga
22
5
9
8
26
26
24
16
Almería
22
5
8
9
24
33
23
17
Zaragoza
22
5
6
11
26
44
21
18
Valladolid
22
3
10
9
25
39
19
19
Tenerife
21
4
5
12
17
40
17
20
Xerez
22
2
5
16
12
41
11

To find out how the rest of the season pans out first hand, go and see Barça at the Nou Camp. You can check out details of tickets for forthcoming Barcelona matches on the homepage.

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