Ghana’s Thomas Teye Partey played full throttle for Atletico Madrid as they secured a hard-fought 2-2 draw with FC Barcelona at the Estadio Camp Nou.
Los Rojiblancos have enjoyed a fine form since football returned to Spain – notching four wins and a draw – before meeting a lacklustre Barcelona side whose title aspirations look to be heading on a nosedive.
Former Chelsea striker, Diego Costa was left regretting to be in his box when he pitifully turned in a cross into his own net in an attempt to clear the lines for the away side after just eleven minutes.
Barca’s moment of joy would not last long as Arturo Vidal was penalized for poor tackling in the box which led to a penalty for the visitors in the 16th minute.
Costa missed from the spot with Marc Andre Ter Stergen pulling off a superb save but a moment of controversy saw the kick retaken and Ter Stergen and Gerard Pique going into the referee’s books.
Saul Niguez stepped up and dispatched an unstoppable shot past the Barca shot-stopper for the equalizer after 19 minutes.
The Blaugrana will retake the lead after recess when Lionel Messi notched his 700th career goal from the spot but Saul Niguez and his team mates had other ideas when their efforts were rewarded with another penalty in the 62nd minute.
There were no further additions to the scoreline with Atletico gripping firmly onto third spot whiles Barcelona will hope Madrid drop points against Getafe on Thursday July 2 2020.
Partey lasted the entire duration of the action-filled encounter which might have ramifications on who wins the 2019-2020 LaLiga crown.
Thomas Partey vs Barcelona:
8 Ground duels won
1 Key pass
1 Foul won