FC Barcelona only play 2: 2 against Atlético, the referee imposes three penalty kicks. In Italy, Juventus fends off Lazio’s attack.
Spain, La Liga: Despite Lionel Messi’s 700th career goal, Spanish football champions FC Barcelona suffered the next setback on their way to defending their title. In the top game of the 33rd match day against Atletico Madrid, the Catalans did not get past a 2: 2 (1: 1) after a penalty festival. It was the third draw from the past four games. With this, rival Real Madrid can already advance to four points with a win against Getafe on Thursday (10 p.m. / DAZN).
For Barcelona, Atletico’s top striker Diego Costa scored his own goal (11th) and Messi (50th / foul). Saul Niguez scored the goals for the Rojiblancos with a penalty kick (19/62). For Argentinian striker Messi, it was the 630th goal in the Barca jersey, plus 70 goals for the national team.
The German national goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also played an important role. At 1-0 for Barcelona, the 28-year-old initially saved a penalty from Costa (17th). However, since ter Stegen was just in front of the goal line at the time of execution, the penalty was repeated at the video assistant’s advice. The former Gladbacher received a yellow card and was powerless when Niguez tried. When the Spaniard scored the second penalty, ter Stegen had guessed the corner, but could no longer direct the ball around the post.
Italy, Serie A: Italian football record champions Juventus Turin have also cleared the next hurdle on the way to their ninth Serie A title. On matchday 29, Cristiano Ronaldo’s team won 3-1 (0-0) at FC Genoa and fended off the attack by pursuer Lazio Roma. The Romans had previously won 2-1 (0-1) at Juves city rivals Torino FC. The old lady is still four points ahead of Lazio.
Argentine international Paulo Dybala (50.), Ronaldo (57.) and former Munich Douglas Costa (73.) scored the goals for Juventus. Genoa Andrea Pinamonti (76.) only operated cosmetic results. Rio world champion Sami Khedira was still missing at Juve.
At Lazio, the former Dortmund Ciro Immobile experienced a change of emotions. First he caused a penalty (5th), which Andrea Belotti converted to the Turin lead. Immobile later scored with his 29th goal of the season to equalize (48th) and set his own club record from the 2017/18 season. Marco Parolo (72nd) scored the Roman winner.
England, Premier League: The English football record champions Manchester United remain in the Champions League places. The Red Devisls won 3-0 (0-0) at Brighton & Hove Albion, finishing fifth just two points behind Chelsea FC, who were visiting West Ham United on Wednesday. Mason Greenwood (16th) and twice Bruno Fernandes (29th and 50th) scored the win.