Joao Felix has some nerve, you must give him that.
The Atletico Madrid teenager bravely squared as much as Lionel Messi in his facet’s 3-2 Spanish Tremendous Cup semi-final victory over Barcelona.
In some fiery scenes shortly after the referee blew for half-time , the 20-year-old appeared to complain about one thing to the Argentine famous person as they walked off the pitch.
The pair then appeared to alternate some foul-mouthed phrases earlier than members of each groups rushed over to intervene as tempers boiled over.
You possibly can watch a clip of the incident beneath…
Within the match, Diego Simeone’s facet got here from behind to stun Barca and ebook their spot within the Spanish Tremendous Cup last in Saudi Arabia.
Atleti have been heading for an additional defeat towards the LaLiga champions with 10 minutes left on the King Abdullah Stadium, however targets from Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa turned the semi-final tie round.
The three-2 victory was Atletico’s first win over Barcelona since April 13, 2016 and arrange a derby showdown towards Actual Madrid on Sunday.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde would have been annoyed along with his workforce’s late capitulation after targets by Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann put them heading in the right direction for the ultimate.
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Atletico began brightly however failed to bother Barcelona’s second-choice goalkeeper Neto and it was his reverse quantity who was known as into motion first.
Jan Oblak got here to his workforce’s rescue with an excellent save to disclaim Luis Suarez with 22 minutes gone.
He was wanted simply earlier than the break too, thwarting Griezmann towards his former membership because it remained goalless at half-time.
Simeone made a change on the interval with captain Koke launched for Hector Herrera and it proved impressed.
Only a minute into the second interval and Joao Felix discovered Correa, who teed up Koke to open the scoring.
It was short-lived pleasure for Atletico, nonetheless, with Barcelona levelling the scores 5 minutes later by their skipper Messi.
The Argentinian labored some house and, regardless of the shut proximity of two opponents, fired dwelling.
Valverde’s facet have been firmly on high now and thought they’d taken the lead on the hour mark, however Messi’s effort was dominated out by VAR for handball.
Atletico have been struggling and their ache elevated two minutes later when, regardless of Oblak denying Suarez’s header, ex-team-mate Griezmann was available to go dwelling.
Simeone reacted by introducing Vitolo and Marcos Llorente – the latter changing Koke, who was unable to proceed.
VAR disallowed one other Barca objective with 17 minutes to go as Gerald Pique noticed a header dominated out for Arturo Vidal being offside.
This proved essential as Atletico earned a lifeline with 10 minutes left when Neto rushed out and introduced down Correa inside the world.
A penalty was awarded and former Chelsea striker Morata made no mistake from 12 yards to make it 2-2.
VAR was wanted minutes later to have a look at one other potential spot kick and Atletico’s remonstrations fell on deaf ears with Pique not adjudged to have dealt with the ball intentionally.
Barcelona have been on the ropes, although, and Valverde watched his defence react slowly to Correa within the 86th minute, with the Argentinian taking full benefit to fireside past Neto.
Atletico virtually added one other not lengthy after and regardless of 4 minutes of stoppage time, it completed 3-2 that means the 2 invited groups for this new-look match – Actual having knocked out Copa del Rey winners Valencia on Wednesday – will meet in Sunday’s last.