Luis Suarez levelled for Barcelona in the closing stages to save them from their first loss of the season.

Saul Niguez thumped the ball home from 20 yards to put Barcelona on the back foot in Madrid.

Atletico dominated the opening half-hour of the contest and got themselves a deserved lead against the La Liga leaders.

Lionel Messi did all he could to muster a way back into the game for Barca, hitting the post from a free-kick.

But it was Suarez who made the different, heading home with eight minutes to play.

Atleti XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis, Saul, Gabi, Koke, Carrasco, Correa, Griezmann. Subs: Moya, Lucas, Gimenez, Thomas, Gaitan, Torres, Gameiro.

Barca XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Gomes, Suarez, Messi. Subs: Cillessen, Mascherano, Digne, Sergi Roberto, Paulinho, Denis Suarez, Deulofeu.

Follow all the action and reaction here.

Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.

Barcelona’s 100% record under Ernesto Valverde in LaLiga comes to an end as they earn a draw against Atletico Madrid this evening. The Catalan club looked like they were heading towards their first defeat of the campaign after Saul Niguez put Diego Simeone’s men ahead in the first half. However, the visitors responded with wave after wave of pressure in the second period and eventually got their equaliser when Luis Suarez headed home. Atletico will be disappointed to miss out on the three points, but they were not adventurous enough in the second half to get the second goal to kill off the contest.

FT Atletico 1-1 Barcelona

That’s a wrap!

Luis Suarez earns Barcelona a draw with his late header.

Probably a fair reflection of the game.

Full reaction to follow.

(Image: AFP)


90+4 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Relief for Atletico as Messi blasts his effort straight at Oblak before the referee ends the contest.

90+3 minsminute by minute

Griezmann goes into the book for his foul on Messi.

90+3 minsminute by minute

Griezmann gives the ball away to Messi in the Atletico half and then he chops him down right on the edge of the box. Trouble brewing for Atletico here as Messi has the chance to win the game in the final seconds.

90+1 minsminute by minute

Barcelona have the momentum and if any of the sides were to notch a winner – it would most likely be them. A crucial two minutes away in the contest.

90+2 minsminute by minute

Saul fouls Umtiti and goes into the book.

90 minsminute by minute

There will be three minutes of added time.

89 minsminute by minute

OVER! Suarez collects on the edge of the box and and carves out space for a strike on his right foot, but he scoops the effort over the bar.

88 minsminute by minute

CLOSE! Gomes finds acres of space on the left flank and he slides a low ball into the box for Suarez. The striker misses his strike, but the ball continues towards the target, trickling inches past the post.

87 minsminute by minute

Messi has a chance to float a cross into the box from a free-kick on the left flank, but he sends his delivery straight down Oblak’s throat.

85 minsminute by minute

Godin makes an interception on the edge of his own box and then gives Messi a taste of his own medicine with a neat piece of skill to move away from danger.

83 minsminute by minute

Torres replaces Gabi for Atletico.

82 minsminute by minute

GOALLLLLLL!!!!! SUAREZ EQUALISES! Barcelona are level and they deserve to be! The Catalan club have been by far the better side since the interval and for the first time Suarez finds space in the box as he drifts between the two Atletico centre-backs before placing his header from Sergi Roberto’s cross into the bottom corner.

82 minsminute by minute

Sergi Roberto lifts a pinpoint cross into the box for Suarez’s run and the Uruguayan converts from close range.


GOAL! Suarez gets the equaliser!

At the back post, Suarez heads home the leveller.

It feels like it has been coming.

Now they’ll push for the winner!

80 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Deulofeu slides a pass into Suarez, but the ball escapes his control. However, he still manages a strike on the stretch, but Oblak is able to make a reaching stop and gather at the second attempt.

79 minsminute by minute

Paulinho replaces Rakitic for the visitors.

77 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Atletico clear Messi’s delivery into the box, but Barca keep the attack alive. Umtiti takes possession inside the box and goes for the strike, but Oblak gets down to make a routine save.

76 minsminute by minute

Juanfran catches Alba with an outstretched arm as he shields the ball. The referee awards a free-kick, but does not book the full-back which is the correct decision based on the replay.

73 minsminute by minute

Carrasco makes way for Partey.

73 minsminute by minute

OVER! Gomes collects in space on the edge of the box, but instead of feeding Alba, he goes for goal and fires his strike well over the bar.

72 minsminute by minute

There’s no outball for the home side at the moment, which is allowing Barcelona to create wave after wave of attacks.

70 minsminute by minute

WIDE! Messi and Rakitic combine in the final third and a deflection turns the ball into the path of the Argentine. However, he can only fire wide of the target when well placed inside the box.

Barcelona keep on pushing.

It has been a professional job from Atleti so far.

They are sitting in nicely and are keeping keeping Barca out.

(Image: AFP)

68 minsminute by minute

Deulofeu skips past Godin’s challenge and cuts the ball back for Suarez, but Savic is there ahead of the striker to clear off the Uruguayan to win a goal-kick for his team.

67 minsminute by minute

Alba loses possession in the final third, but gets the opportunity to put Godin under pressure. However, the defender offloads then the Barcelona full-back fouls Koke to allow the visitors to clear their lines.

65 minsminute by minute

SAVE! Barca work the ball around the edge of the box before Messi goes for the strike from the inside left channel. Oblak makes the initial stop, but spills the ball, although he’s alert and able to gather at the second attempt.

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