Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid live score, updates, highlights, result as Joao Felix strikes for La Liga champions

Barcelona play host to Atletico Madrid on December 3 in what could prove a significant match in the context of this season’s La Liga title race.

Champions Barca sit fourth in the table after 14 games, seven points behind leaders Real Madrid and second-place Girona, both of whom won their matches on Saturday. Atletico are level on 31 points with Barca, which means victory today for either side would be a huge boost in their title aspirations.

Both Barca and Atleti have secured passage to the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, so league football can take their sole focus for the coming weeks before La Liga takes a short break in December. But while Diego Simeone’s side have largely won praise for a run of form that has seen them win 13 of their past 14 games in all competitions — including a 3-1 defeat of Real Madrid — Barca and Xavi have been scrutinised far more negatively.

Losses to Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk, plus a draw with Rayo Vallecano, have prompted questions about the team’s progress under the club’s celebrated former midfielder, and anything other than a victory at home here will likely see the doubts increase.

The Sporting News will be following the match live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights below.

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid live score

  1st Half Goalscorers
FCB 1 Joao Felix (29′)
ATM 0  

Confirmed lineups:

Barcelona (4-3-3, right to left): 13. Pena (GK) — 23. Kounde, 4. Araujo, 15. Christensen, 2. Cancelo — 8. Pedri, 22. Gundogan, 21. De Jong — 11. Raphinha, 9. Lewandowski, 14. Joao Felix.

Atletico Madrid (3-5-2, right to left):13.  Oblak (GK) — 2. Gimenez, 20. Witsel, 22. Hermoso — 16. Molina, 14. Llorente, 6. Koke, 5. De Paul, 25. Riquelme — 7. Griezmann, 19. Morata.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid live updates, highlights

29 mins: GOAL FOR BARCELONA! It just had to be Joao Felix against his old club! Raphinha drives infield and passes to the forward, who wins a 50-50 against Molina and lifts a finish over Oblak and into the net!

27 mins: Barca are still controlling possession but they’re not having much joy with it. Atletico have weathered the early storm and look quite comfortable now.

20 mins: Atleti have been pretty deep in these early exchanges. They’re keeping Barca at bay for now, but it’s risky. They get forward this time, but Antoine Griezmann is offside from Rodrigo De Paul’s throughball.

15 mins: This has been excellent from Barca early on, but if they keep missing these chances, the doubts are going to creep in. As I type that, Atleti win a free-kick in a promising position after Joao Cancelo catches Nahuel Molina on the ankle… but it comes to nothing.

13 mins: LEWANDOWSKI! What a chance! Raphinha feeds Jules Kounde down the right and his cross picks out Lewandowski 12 yards out. Remember that volley in the five-goals-in-nine-minutes miracle for Bayern Munich all those years ago? It was like that, but it came off his shin and went wide.

11 mins: We’ve settled down a little now, but it’s been high-quality stuff so far. Both sides have been sharp in possession and immaculate in their defensive shapes (Atleti in particular).

6 mins: A scramble in the Barca box sees Ronald Araujo clear the ball from in front of the goal line. Barca go on the attack and Lewandowski misjudges a header from six yards out. What a flipping start this is!

3 mins: Robert Lewandowski with a half-chance blocked behind by Mario Hermoso. Jan Oblak claims the corner at the second attempt.

2 mins: Early chance for Raphinha! He skips his way through a crowded box but drags a right-footed shot wide. What a good early opportunity to prove your worth!

Kickoff!

5 mins before KO: There’s been a late change to the Barca lineup: Inigo Martinez has pulled up in the warm-up and will be replaced by Andreas Christensen.

15 mins before KO: We’re approaching kickoff in Barcelona. I can’t wait for this one. Place your bets, people!

30 mins before KO: Simeone certainly sees little reason to criticise Xavi. Speaking to Movistar before tonight’s match, the Atletico boss said: “Xavi has given Barca back what they’ve always been. He respects the style and that shows. They attack well and defend better, which is what made them champions last season. They’re a difficult team.”

1 hour before KO: Interesting to see Atleti go with an unchanged lineup but, according to their published team graphic, with Axel Witsel and Jose Gimenez swapping positions in the back line. This could be a big game for Raphinha: according to some reports in Spain, he will have the coming few matches to prove his worth to Barca, or he will be made available for transfer in January.

Team news

It’s most as expected for Barcelona. Raphinha has been given the nod ahead of Lamine Yamal in attack, while Joao Cancelo continues at left-back in place of Alex Balde.

Atletico had been expected to recall Samuel Lino at left wing-back, but Rodrigo Riquelme keeps his place.

1 hour 30 mins before KO: This is arguably a bigger game for Barcelona since their next match is a Catalan derby against Girona, the surprise early title-challengers. If they were to win neither of these next two games, serious questions will start to be asked of Xavi.

2 hours before KO: Today bits familiar foes against their old teams: Joao Felix, who is on loan from Atletico at Barcelona; and Antoine Griezmann, who spent three years at Camp Nou before returning to the capital. Griezmann is just four goals away from becoming the top scorer in Atletico history.

2 hours 30 mins before KO: Barca have won the past three meetings between these sides by an aggregate score of 6-2. Before then, they were on a run of five games without a win against Atleti.

However, Atleti haven’t won a league game away at Barca since May 2006, when Fernando Torres scored twice in a 3-1 win.

3 hours before KO: What a huge match this could be in La Liga’s title race in 2023/24. Atletico Madrid can truly lay down a marker should they win at the home of the champions, while Barcelona have some doubters they want to silence.

What time does Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid kick off?

This La Liga clash takes place at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, Spain and kicks off on Sunday, December 3 at 9:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Sun Dec. 3 3 p.m. ET
Canada Sun Dec. 3 3 p.m. ET
UK Sun Dec. 3 8 p.m. GMT
Australia Mon, Dec. 4 7 a.m. AEDT
India Mon, Dec. 4 1:30 a.m. IST
Hong Kong Mon, Dec. 4 4 a.m. HKT
Malaysia Mon, Dec. 4 4 a.m. MYT
Singapore Mon, Dec. 4 4 a.m. SGT
New Zealand Mon, Dec. 4 9 a.m. NZDT

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
Canada

TSN+

UK ITV 4, Viaplay Sports 1 ITVX, La Liga TV 
Australia Optus Sport
India
Hong Kong Now Sports 2 Now TV
Malaysia beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, sooka
Singapore beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
New Zealand

USA: This game is available via ESPN+ with Spanish-language options available via ESPN Deportes.

Canada: This match is live streaming exclusively via TSN+ in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.

UK: This match is available via live broadcast on ITV4 and Viaplay Sports with streaming options on La Liga TV and ITVX.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid lineups, team news

Barcelona’s injury picture remains unchanged following their 2-1 Champions League win over Porto with Gavi the only long-term absentee.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was not risked against Porto and is still not ready to return, so Inaki Pena will keep his place. Inigo Martinez was due to start but was injured in the warm-up, so Andreas Christensen took his place.

Barcelona lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Pena (GK) — Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Cancelo — Pedri, Gundogan, De Jong — Raphinha, Lewandowski, Joao Felix.

Barcelona subs: Balde, Torres, Christensen, Romeu, Roberto, Astralaga, Lamine Yamal, Kochen, Fermin Lopez

Simeone also has no fresh injuries to report after a 3-1 win at Feyenoord. Samuel Lino is expected to return but the team, spearheaded by in-form attacking pair Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann, is not likely to change much.

Atletico Madrid lineup (3-5-2, right to left): Oblak (GK) — Gimenez, Witsel, Hermoso — Molina, Llorente, Koke, De Paul, Riquelme — Griezmann, Morata.

Atletico Madrid subs: Grbic, Gomis, Azpilicueta, Soyuncu, Savic, Javi Galan, Reinildo, Saul, Lino, Depay, Correa

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid prediction, odds

Both sides head into this clash on the back of morale-boosting European wins and Barcelona have only lost to Real Madrid at home so far this season.

Previous clashes between the two teams suggest this will be a close battle, with Barcelona edging out two 1-0 wins last season, but Atletico have regained some of their old Simeone-inspired grit in 2023/24 and could grab a point.

Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid 

  BAR
win
Draw ATL
win
Both teams
to score Y / N
Over / Under
2.5 goals
DraftKings
(USA)
-115 +265 +265 -155 / +120 -129 / +110

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