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Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez brace gives Barca the edge after Torres is sent off

Published 05/04/2016

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) jumps pas Atletico Madrid's Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 05: Luis Suarez of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 5, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez after scoring a goalduring the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid's Brazilian defender Filipe Luis reacts oas he lies on the pitch during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique waves during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid's Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak reacts to referee's instructions during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Jordi Alba, center, grimaces after injuring himself during a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 05: Fernando Torres of Atletico Madrid is shown a yellow card by referee Felix Brych during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on April 5, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
German referee Felix Brych (C) shows a red card to Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres (2L) as Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin and Atletico Madrid's midfielder Gabi(3L) argue during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Lionel Messi leaves the pitch at the end of a Champions League quarter-final, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres leaves the field after being sent off during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi gestures during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez gestures after a failed attempt on goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez runs with the ball after scoring during the UEFA Champions League quarter finals first leg football match FC Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images

Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Camp Nou, where Fernando Torres was sent off having given the visitors the lead.

Torres fired Atletico ahead midway through the first half, but was then shown a second yellow card following a needless foul on Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona, who had seen their long unbeaten record ended following a late defeat at home by 10-man Real Madrid in El Classico on Saturday, rallied in the second half.

Suarez - perhaps fortunate not to be sent off for kicking out at Juanfran which was not spotted by the officals, netted a brace to put Luis Enrique's side in charge of the tie ahead of the second leg at Vicente Calderon on April 13.

It had been a positive start by the home side.

Lionel Messi sent a left-foot volley wide before Neymar headed over a floated cross from the right by full-back Dani Alves.

Diego Simeone's team, who are six points behind the La Liga leaders after trashing Real Betis 5-1, looked dangerous on the break as Antoine Griezmann fired a low shot just wide from around 22 yards out.

Atletico went ahead on 24 minutes.

Koke played a pass between the Barcelona defenders to find Torres in space at the edge of the penalty area, with the Spain forward showing great composure to slot the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Torres then went into the notebook for a foul on Neymar, before setting up Griezmann, whose angled shot was touched behind by Ter Stegen.

On 35 minutes, Atletico were reduced to 10 men when Torres was sent off after German referee Felix Brych showed him a second yellow card for going through the back of Busquets on the half-way line with plenty of team-mates covering.

Barcelona, though, could also have found themselves without Suarez, but the officials failed to spot a kick out by the Uruguay striker at Juanfran in the Atletico penalty area.

Following the restart, the home side took control as Atletico were pressed back into the own half.

Messi's overhead kick dropped just wide, before Neymar's rising shot from 18 yards rattled the crossbar and Atletico keeper Jan Oblak saved again from the Argentinian.

The pressure eventually told as Suarez equalised on 63 minutes, bundling the ball in from close range.

There was, however, nothing scruffy about the forward's second goal of the night, which came on 74 minutes as he headed in Alves' cross.

It was now all about damage limitation for the visitors, who were perhaps fortunate not to see defender Lucas Hernandez also shown a red card for a cynical foul to stop Neymar's break, and was shown only a yellow.

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