. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Barca, Atletico Rollercoast to 3-3 Thriller

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona and Atletico Madrid lived up to their no-holds-barred reputations Saturday when they shared a 3-3 draw in a roller-coaster Spanish first division clash in Nou Camp.


Atletico opened the scoring after just six minutes through midfielder Jose Luis Caminero.


The Barcelona defense back-pedalled into their own area, Toni Munoz swung in a left-foot cross and Caminero buried a downward header firmly in the back of Fransesc Arnau's net.


Barcelona surged forward in search of a swift equalizer and pulled level through Juan Pizzi after 15 minutes.


The Argentine-born Spanish international neatly pulled down a pass from Sergi Barjuan, turned his marker inside the penalty area and sidefooted the ball past goalkeeper Jose Molina.


A quarter of an hour later the Catalans stole the lead through a fortunate goal.


Luis Enrique Martinez broke down the touchline and looked up to see Pizzi surging into the box to receive a cross.


The former Real Madrid player tried to pick Pizzi out, but his center skewed off the outside of his boot and entered the net off the left-hand post of Molina, who had come off his line in anticipation of a cross.


Atletico struck next through Juan Vizcaino, who killed a floated cross from Juan Esnaider with his right foot and slotted the ball home under Arnau to make the score 2-2.


Atletico took the lead for the second time in the match from a highly controversial penalty.


Caminero and Esnaider bustled into the Barcelona penalty area with the ball, Caminero tried to pull the ball back onto his right foot to shoot and defender Laurent Blanc ran into him.


Although it was difficult to see what Blanc could have done to avoid the clash, the referee pointed to the spot and Esnaider slammed the ball home to make the score 3-2.


To round off an astonishing match, substitute Ivan de la Pena's precise pass put Pizzi through on goal, his shot was blocked and the Brazilian Giovanni coolly tucked home the rebound.

















BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona and Atletico Madrid lived up to their no-holds-barred reputations when they shared a 3-3 draw in a roller-coaster Spanish first division clash.


Atletico opened the scoring after just six minutes through midfielder Jose Luis Caminero.


Barcelona surged forward in search of a swift equalizer and pulled level through Juan Pizzi after 15 minutes.


The Argentine-born Spanish international neatly pulled down a pass from Sergi Barjuan, turned his marker inside the penalty area and sidefooted the ball past goalkeeper Jose Molina.


A quarter of an hour later the Catalans stole the lead through a fortunate goal.


Luis Enrique Martinez broke down the touchline and looked up to see Pizzi surging into the box to receive a cross.


The former Real Madrid player tried to pick Pizzi out, but his center skewed off the outside of his boot`and entered the net off the left-hand post of Molina, who had come off his line in anticipation of a cross.


Atletico struck next through Juan Vizcaino, who killed a floated cross from Esnaider with his right foot and slotted the ball home under Arnau to make the score 2-2.


Atletico took the lead for the second time in the match from a highly controversial penalty.


Caminero and Esnaider bustled into the Barcelona penalty area with the ball, Caminero tried to pull the ball back onto his right foot to shoot and defender Laurent Blanc ran into him.


Although it was difficult to see what Blanc could have done to avoid the clash, the referee pointed to the spot and Esnaider slammed the ball home to make the score 3-2.


To round off an astonishing match, substitute Ivan de la Pena's precise pass put Pizzi through on goal, his shot was blocked and the Brazilian Giovanni coolly tucked home the rebound.