Diego Simeone’s winless run against Barcelona in LaLiga continued as Luis Suarez’s late equaliser held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atleti have now not won in their last 15 league meetings with Barca – a run that stretches back to February 2010, almost two years prior to Simeone’s appointment.
It appeared as though that miserable streak would finally end on Saturday, as Saul Niguez’s stylish first-half strike looked to have set up a victory for the hosts over a Barca team that had won its first seven matches this term.
But leaders Barca built momentum in the second half, with Lionel Messi striking the post and spurning further chances before the leveller deservedly arrived.
Suarez, marginalised in the first half but much improved after the break, stooped to meet Sergi Roberto’s cross from the right and headed down past Jan Oblak with eight minutes remaining.