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Suarez piles distress on former membership as Atletico see off Barcelona

MADRID, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez heaped extra distress on his previous membership as Atletico Madrid claimed a 2-0 LaLiga victory over the Catalans on the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

First-half strikes from Thomas Lemar and Suarez had been sufficient for the champions to safe all three factors and heap strain on the guests’ beleaguered boss Ronald Koeman.

Barca have gained only one sport of their final six in all competitions as their early season struggles present no indicators of easing.

“We’re suffering, I’m going to be honest with you,” Barca defender Gerard Pique mentioned.

“We started well enough, we were brave, but then they create two identical situations and scored twice – whereas we could’ve played for three hours and not scored.

“It is not one downside, there are a number of. People can see what we lack. But we’ll get better. They’re troublesome occasions, numerous us have not skilled this earlier than. We need to flip it round however it is not straightforward.”

Atletico started the brighter and went close through Lemar and Joao Felix efforts from the edge of the box before the Frenchman opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Felix fed Suarez, who played a brilliant ball round the corner to send Lemar through and he powered his effort past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Suarez then missed a glorious chance to double the lead moments later as he skewed a one-on-one effort wide, but made no mistake on the stroke of halftime after Lemar returned the favour to tee him up.

Barca’s best opportunity to get back into the game fell to Philippe Coutinho, however the Brazilian’s tame effort was comfortable saved by Jan Oblak.

Victory moved Atletico level with table toppers Real Madrid, who travel to Barca’s city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, on 17 points from eight games.

Barcelona, meanwhile, sit ninth with 12 points having played a game fewer.

Reporting by Joseph Walker
Editing by Toby Davis and Christian Radnedge

Soccer Football - LaLiga - Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - October 2, 2021 FC Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong  in action with  Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier REUTERS/Susana Vera

Soccer Football - LaLiga - Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - October 2, 2021 Atletico Madrid's Luis Suarez in action with FC Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Soccer Football - LaLiga - Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - October 2, 2021 Atletico Madrid's Marcos Llorente in action with FC Barcelona's Ronald Araujo REUTERS/Sergio Perez