Goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi saw Barcelona down a 10 man Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday night after Diego Costa received a red card for dissent towards the referee.
It was a frantic start to the game as both teams struggled to string some meaningful passes together in the final third. Jordi Alba came close in the 15th minute as Messi dropped deep before picking out Alba who got past the onrushing Jan Oblak, but his shot deflected off the post as Atletico survived.
20 minutes in, Messi combined well with Luis Suarez who tried to find the Argentine but his pass was blocked and the striker then tried to hit a shot on the volley which was always rising over the goal.
As the game neared the half hour mark, Diego Costa was shown a red card for dissent. The referee looked to be preparing a yellow for the striker but after Costa said something, the ref stopped play and produced a straight red which caused a fracas among the Atleti players.
During half-time the commentators confirmed that Costa had made reference to the referee’s mother amongst a host of profanities which caused the straight red.
Atletico started the second half like a house on fire as they dominated possession for the first 15 minutes and it was difficult to tell that they were the ones with a numerical disadvantage.
A good counter attack saw Messi test Oblak and five minutes later, Oblak pulled out another brilliant save to deny Suarez who was one on one with the keeper.
With the game still in the balance in the last 10 minutes, Suarez finally broke the deadlock with a delightful foal. The number nine cut inside before curling it into the bottom right corner before taking off in celebration.
Messi then doubled the advantage just two minutes later as the striker remained composed after his first attempt was blocked to slot it into the bottom right to bury the game and seal the victory and in all likelihood the La Liga title.