Now Atletico, who had been tipped as one of the underdogs in Europe’s elite competition, hold the advantage going into the second leg of their all-Spanish tie against Barcelona thanks to a brilliant away goal scored by Diego Ribas, although Neymar scored to earn the Catalans a draw.
The capital club have the edge against Barcelona after drawing with the Catalans for the fourth time in all competitions this season but grabbing a precious away goal.
However, while they will be pleased to come away from the Camp Nou, they lost leading scorer Diego Costa to a hamstring injury that looks likely to rule him out of next week's match at the Vicente Calderon.
Costa has scored 33 goals for Atletico this season, but his replacement Ribas scored the opening goal on the night on 56 minutes with a superb strike that arrowed into the net at
Jose Manuel Pinto's near post.
Barca, who had earlier lost Gerard Pique to an injury that will see him out of action for the next four weeks, then piled on the pressure and got their reward when Neymar latched on to a glorious pass from Andres Iniesta and finished past Thibaut Courtois in goal.


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