The Barcelona and the Atletico Madrid signed a goalless draw at the Camp Nou (0-0) that let LaLiga in the hands of Real Madrid, who will reissue the title if they win the four remaining games.
The meeting for the leadership had a part for each team. The first was clearly for the rojiblancos, while the Catalans improved in the second, where they had enough chances to take the duel.
He held Atlético to Barça from the beginning and, as the minutes passed, he found himself more and more comfortable as he realized that he could easily keep his rival away from Oblak’s goal.
Instead, in the other area, Ter Stegen had to use himself thoroughly on several occasions to prevent the rojiblancos from taking the lead in the first half.
He did it to shots from Llorente, Luis Suárez and Carrasco, after Lenglet will shoot with everything to deflect a kick from Correa to corner. And before Felipe will forgive the 0-1, on the last occasion of the first half, by finishing high, from the penalty spot, at the exit of a corner.
The Barça went to the intermission with the feeling of having the game uphill after having suffered, against the prognosis, the visiting domain. Especially after half an hour of play, coinciding with the change of Ilaix by a stunned Sergio Busquets, who could not continue on the grass after a collision with Savic and who ended up being transferred to the hospital.
Simeone also had a setback in the form of injury, as Lemar, one of his important pieces in creation, left his position to Saúl when he left limping before the quarter of an hour after a fortuitous play with Pedri.
However, Barcelona, who had seen how Atlético hadn’t even needed to demand that they press him up from the start, he did not find spaces to attack or imbalance in individual duels to do damage.
Only a spark from Messi reactivated the local attack. The number ’10’ would have the only clear chance for his team in the first 45 minutes, in a house-brand slalom that ended with a shot that narrowly missed the door.
Koeman, who today directed his second game from the stands due to suspension, sat Mingueza and gave Araujo entrance to rest, and the Uruguayan central was able to make the first at the beginning of the resumption, but Lenglet took away the frank shot to head forced over Oblak’s goal.
Luis Suárez replied in the other area with a forced shot, but Barça, aware that they had to take more risks because the draw was taking them further away than Atlético from the title, and they were beginning to see a different tone.
So, at game time, Hermoso had to get a shot from Ilaix to make it 1-0 and Oblak intervene to a header from Piqué and a free-kick from Messi, before Mateu Lahoz canceled, offside, a goal from Araujo.
The Catalans had been activated improving in the recovery after loss and Atlético decided to back down looking for their opportunity to counter.
But Carrasco, the most lucid man in the Madrid attack, began to show fatigue at home transition, and Barcelona had a new chance in a high header from the recently entered Dembélé.
The last, in the 90th minute, Messi had it as always, but his free-kick went off brushing the right squad of the rojiblanca goal and, with it, another piece of title.
0 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Araujo, min.46), Piqué, Lenglet; Dest (Sergi Roberto, min.75), De Jong, Sergio Busquets (Ilaix, min.32), Pedri (Dembélé, min.75), Jordi Alba; Messi and Griezmann.
0 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Carrasco, Koke, Llorente, Lemar (Saúl, min.14; Joao Félix, min.67); Correa (Kondogbia, min.73) and Luis Suárez.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee). He showed a yellow card to Saúl (min.35), Felipe (min.46), Ilaix (min.58), Koke (min.65), and Piqué (min.81).
Incidents: Match of the 35th day of LaLiga Santander played at the Camp Nou behind closed doors.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.