Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Player ratings as Barca climb to second in LaLiga with comfortable win at Atletico Madrid

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Robert Lewandowski starred as FC Barcelona moved into 2nd place in LaLiga with a 3-0 win at Atlético Madrid.

Robert Lewandowski loaned forward Joao Felix to open the scoring against his parent club and double his side’s lead just 80 seconds into the second half.

The  Polish international then provided a cross for Fermin Lopez to head in the third in the 65th minute as Barca took full advantage of Girona’s defeat at Getafe on Saturday to move above them in the table.

Barcelona manager Xavi was sent off shortly before half-time for repeatedly disagreeing with the referee but will be pleased with his side’s performance after a slow start.

The home side enjoyed a low-key start to the match when Pablo Barrios curled a shot wide of the post in the 6th minute.

A dangerous cross from Samuel Lin was then deflected away by Pau Cubarsi as Alvaro Morata failed to get the ball to the near post and it took Barcelona until the 35th minute to register a meaningful attempt on goal.

Robert Lewandowski picked out Raphinh with a superb cross but the Brazilian glanced his header wide, with replays showing he may have been narrowly offside.

At least that sparked the visitors to life, and seconds after Lopez picked out Jan Oblak’s sharp tackle at his near post with a low drive, the deadlock was broken in style.

Ilkay Gundogan found Robert Lewandowski on the left side of the area and the 35-year-old turned sharply before pulling the ball back for Felix to dive home.

Despite seeing his team take the lead, Xavi grew increasingly angry at some of the referee’s decisions and it was no surprise that he was sent off shortly before the break for taking his protests too far.

His spirits lifted immediately after the break, Robert Lewandowski latched on to a beautifully lifted pass from Raphinha and fired a right-footed effort at the far post despite being forced wide.

Atletico refused to throw in the towel and Rodrigo Riquelme and Marcos Llorente brought good saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Lopez made sure of all three points with a close-range header from Lewandowski’s dotted cross.

A poor night for the hosts ended in added time when Nahuel Molina was sent off for a last-ditch tackle from behind on Vitor Roque.

Their first home defeat in the league this season left Atlético 5th in the table, a point behind 4th-placed Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona eight points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Barcelona player ratings

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – 7/10 

RB: Jules Kounde – 6/10 

CB: Ronald Araujo – 5/10 

CB: Pau Cubarsi – 6/10 

LB: Hector Fort – 6/10 

CM: Fermin Lopez – 7/10 

CM: Sergi Roberto – 6/10 

CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10 

RW: Raphinha – 6/10

ST: Robert Lewandowski – 9/10 

LW: Joao Felix – 7/10 –

SUB: Lamine Yamal (60′ for Raphinha) – 6/10

SUB: Oriol Romeu (77′ for Roberto) – 5/10

SUB: Vitor Roque (77′ for Felix) – 6/10

SUB: Inigo Martinez (82′ for Fort) – 5/10

SUB: Marc Casado (82′ for Fermin) – 5/10

Player of the match: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

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