Barcelona moved to within one match of another UEFA Champions League semifinal with a 2-1 first leg win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
It certainly wasn’t easy.
[ MATCH RECAP: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid ]
Fernando Torres had given Atleti a 1-0 lead before taking successive yellow cards and forcing his side to play with 10 men for close to an hour.
Luis Suarez went on to score twice, and Barca heads to the Vicente Calderon with a one-goal lead. Atleti teammate Filipe Luis was left fuming. And Suarez understands why.
“The two foul calls were a bit harsh but the expulsion was decisive,” he said.
Andres Iniesta knew the red card would be too much for Atleti to handle over 90 minutes, and feels good about Barca’s chances to take another step toward repeating as European champions.
“The result should be satisfying for us. We knew it would be a tough game.”
“It is normal that they paid for the expulsion of Torres. It’s not the same playing with 10 and it shows on the field. “
The chippy affair was fun to watch, and probably could’ve included multiple red cards. Is it next Wednesday yet?