Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

Barcelona have a slight advantage over Atletico Madrid ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second-leg clash at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.

Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Atleti in the first leg at the Camp Nou, but the striker then got himself sent off before half-time, allowing a Luis Suarez brace to give Barca a 2-1 aggregate advantage.

Despite the defeat, Rojiblancos won’t be too disappointed with the result, as they faced the reigning European champions at their own ground and only lost by a single goal, while that away goal from Torres could prove crucial in deciding the tie.

Back in La Liga, the Blaugrana lead the standings by three points over Diego Simeone’s side after an advantage that has been reduced in recent weeks with league defeats to Real Madrid and Real Sociedad and a stalemate with Villarreal.

Atletico, meanwhile, were surprisingly beaten by Sporting Gijon, but have gone on to record victories over Real Betis and Espanyol since then, meaning that they are within touching distance of the Catalans in both the league and this tie.

The 2-1 aggregate score means the hosts can win the tie on away goals with a 1-0 win on the night, while a 2-1 win for them will see the game go into extra-time.

In team news, Torres serves a one-match suspension for his dismissal a week ago, but will be available for the semi-finals should the Madrid outfit progress against Barca.

The Spanish striker’s absence has opened the door for Luciano Vietto to start up front alongside Antoine Griezmann, although centre-back Stefan Savic remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Luis Enrique’s squad will travel without Rafinha (thigh) and Thomas Vermaelen (soleus), while Sandro, Aleix Vidal and Jeremy Mathieu also miss out.

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