Sep 12, 2015 at 7.30pm UK at ​Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
1-2
Barcelona
Torres (51')
Torres (18'), Luis (43'), Gimenez (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Neymar (55'), Messi (77')
Iniesta (44')

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone applauds 'decisive' Lionel Messi

Diego Simeone applauds 'decisive' Messi
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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone acknowledges that Barcelona star Lionel Messi was the difference after his winner in the 2-1 victory at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has admitted that Lionel Messi was the difference after Barcelona won 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday night.

The Argentine came off the bench to slot a 78th-minute winner past Jan Oblak after Neymar's free kick cancelled out Fernando Torres's opener after the break.

"Messi was decisive when he was on the pitch. He's used to deciding matches and he did so again," Simeone told AS.

"I think Barcelona dominated every area of the game, whether defending or in possession. We didn't play a good game.

"We started the second half well, but the quick equaliser put us off our stride again. Our idea was to try and pressure higher up the pitch, but Barcelona absolutely dominated the game."

Consequence of the victory, the Catalans extended their 100% start after three Liga games, while the Rojiblancos - who had also won their opening two outings - suffer a first defeat.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring to put Barcelona 2-1 up over Atletico Madrid on September 12, 2015
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