First-half goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi saw Barcelona to a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.
A much-improved Atleti display after the break returned an Antoine Griezmann goal just before the hour mark, but Barca are firm favorites to reach the final, having sealed an away win.
Atleti will have to put in a stellar performance in the second leg on Tuesday at the Camp Nou if they are to turn the tie around.
Barcelona are on track for three successive Copa wins and will reach their fourth final on the bounce if they avoid defeat in the second leg.
Luis Suarez gave the “Catalans” the lead after seven minutes with Leo Messi doubling Barca’s advantage with a thunderbolt of a shot which is contender for goal of the season.
The hosts managed to grab a goal back with Antoine Griezmann and the game is still open at the Nou Camp however Luis Enrique’s side has a distinct advantage going into the second leg for a place in the final of the 2017 Copa del Rey.
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source: Bleacher Report