Barcelona striker Luis Suarez whose two goals gave the Catalans the win on Tuesday says the two foul calls that got Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres sent off were harsh.
Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona fought back to beat 10-man Atletico Madrid in an action-packed UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg that saw the sending off of Fernando Torres while Lionel Messi, who has scored more goals against Atlético than any other player, was held in check for the second straight game in his bid to score his 450th goal for FC Barcelona and his 500th career goals.
In the 35th minute, Fernando Torres was sent off after being booked for the second time, a decision Suárez couldn’t avoid talking about while addressing reporters after the game.
“We knew from the beginning would be a tough game but the important thing is that we won,” he said after the game.
“The two foul calls were a bit harsh but the expulsion was decisive,” he said.
“It will be very similar to tonight. But the result forces them to score no matter what if they want to go through.”
Tuesday’s 2–1 victory becomes the third time in three games Barcelona have beaten Atlético by the same score this season, the other two coming in La Liga — gives the Catalans a slight advantage heading into next Wednesday’s return leg at the Vicente Calderón in the Spanish capital.
The win was also Barça’s 11th straight home win in the Champions League and keeps head coach Luis Enrique undefeated in the competition since joining Barcelona.