Hello everybody and welcome in to this Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona live blog. This is a huge LaLiga Santander clash, kicking off at 21:00 CEST, and we’ll have all the latest news and updates from the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone and Ronaldo Koeman‘s sides go head to head and as Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann take on their former club Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona – 2-0
This is the start of our live blog for Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, with build-up news and then minute-by-minute updates following below. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent.
It’s all over at the Wanda, as Atletico pick up a comfortable 2-0 win over a deflated Barcelona, with first half goals from Lemar and Suarez.
Minute 73: Griezmann comes on
Griezmann comes on to face his parent club, in place of Joao Felix.
Angel Correa also comes on, for Luis Suarez.
Minute 66: Felix with a good chance
Another swift counter attack from Atleti almost ends with a goal, but Felix drives his shot straight at Ter Stegen from Suarez’s cutback.
Minute 65: Ansu Fati enters the field
Coutinho, despite being Barcelona’s main attacking threat, is taken off.
Ansu Fati comes on.
Minute 60: Coutinho… denied!
Gavi makes two excellent interventions to lead the counter attack and picks out Coutinho in space. But alone against Oblak, Coutinho blasts the ball straight at the keeper.
Minute 55: Little action at the start of second half
Barcelona have had more of the ball but with little penetration, as Atletico comfortably manage the game.
Minute 46: Changes for both sides
Barcelona: Sergi Roberto on for Nico
Atletico: Trippier on for De Paul
Barcelona haven’t been bad in possession, but Atletico have been lethal on the counter-attack. Calm finishes from Lemar and Suarez have the hosts in the driver’s seat.
Minute 44: Suarez doubles Atletico’s lead!
A quick breakaway from the hosts ends with Suarez slotting the ball beyond Ter Stegen.
Minute 28: What a chance for Suarez!
Suarez is played through on goal, in space, yet the Uruguayan places the ball wide of the far post.
Minute 26: Coutinho goes close
The ball falls to Coutinho on the edge of the box and, with the outside of his right foot, the Brazilian strikes just wide.
Minute 23: Lemar gives Atletico the lead!
Lemar is played through and finishes emphatically past Ter Stegen.
Minute 17: Felix goes close
Felix turns on the edge of the box and fires just wide with a low strike.
Minute 7: Lemar fires wide
A smart over from Suarez allows Lemar in behind, who strikes from distances but it goes just wide of the mark.
We’re underway at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
19:36 CEST: Atletico’s confirmed starting XI
Griezmann is left on the bench by Simeone as he opts instead for Joao Felix to partner Luis Suarez. Hermoso gets the nod at left back.
Atletico’s confirmed starting XI: Oblak, Llorente, Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso, Carrasco, De Paul, Koke, Lemar, Joao Felix and Luis Suarez.
19:35 CEST: Barcelona’s confirmed starting XI
Frenkie de Jong returns to the starting eleven after suspension, yet Jordi Alba is only able to make the bench. It’s another youthful looking XI for under-pressure Koeman.
Barcelona’s starting XI to face Atletico: Ter Stegen, Mingueza, Pique, Araujo, Dest, Busquets, De Jong, Nico, Gavi, Coutinho and Memphis.
19:00 CEST: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Where to watch it?
The LaLiga Santander Matchday 8 clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, October 2.
For those living in the USA you can watch the game live on ESPN+, and for those living in the UK the match will be broadcast live on LaLiga TV.
18:00 CEST: The Atletico vs Barcelona probable line-ups
Although there’s so much pre-match talk about Antoine Griezmann, he isn’t actually expected to start this match.
The Atleti starting XI is expected to be: Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Felipe Monteiro, Renan Lodi; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Luis Suarez, Joao Felix.
As for Barcelona, Ronald Koeman‘s probable line-up is: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto; Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong, Philippe Coutinho.
17:40 CEST: When and where to watch Atletico vs Barcelona
This Atletico vs Barcelona match kicks off at 21:00 CEST, which is 20:00 BST for those watching on in the UK and 15:00 ET/12:00 PT for those in the USA. The UK fans can tune in through LaLiga TV, while ESPN+ is the streaming service to turn to for those watching on from the United States.