Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday, with Angel Correa's immediate impact off the bench salvaging a point for Diego Simeone's side at Camp Nou after Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring.
In the last four years, Barcelona has won three Spanish league titles and a Champions League crown, while Atletico Madrid has won one league title and been runner-up in two Champions League finals, and their clash of styles makes their meetings some of the most anticipated of the year in any league.
It played out that way in Barcelona, where the hosts threatened early with their usual front-line fury caused by Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez. It took a pair of other star players to open the scoring, though. Rakitic beat Jan Oblak in the 41st minute on a terrific header from close range, latching onto Andres Iniesta's pinpoint ball.
Moments after Correa came on as a substitute, he silenced Camp Nou with an equalizer on his first touch of the ball off a feed from Fernando Torres. It also came right after Messi was forced off with an apparent minor injury, replaced by Arda Turan. Early reports suggest a right thigh injury for the Argentine star, whose status will be of great interest in the coming days.
Both sides spoiled chances to score a late winner, none better than Jordi Alba's powerful attempt off a set-up from Neymar, but they settled for the draw. With Real Madrid drawing Villarreal 1-1–Real had its league winning streak halted at 16, tying 2010-11 Barcelona's mark and coming up a win shy of setting the new standard–neither league favorite was able to pick up any ground on the current leader.