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Five classic Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona encounters of the past

If they lose to Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano, Barcelona will have to relinquish the La Liga top spot.

Bengaluru, November 22: Come Saturday (November 24), Atletico Madrid play host to Barcelona in one of the blockbuster fixtures of the 2018-19 La Liga season at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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As with any match between title contenders, the result will go some way towards determining who end up champions at the end of the season.

Barcelona has been boosted by the comeback of Philippe Coutinho, who has returned to training following the hamstring injury that has kept him out since the first week of November.

Barca are currently sit top of a tightly packed La Liga table, but will relinquish top spot should they lose to Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Ernesto Valverde's men are likely to have their talismanic striker Lionen Messi back. The Argentinian is recovering from the fractured arm he sustained during the win against Sevilla last month.

The two of the biggest clubs in Spanish football -- Rojiblancos and the Blaugrana -- have played out some classics over the years.

Here, we look at five of the best encounters between them.

1950/51 La Liga: Atletico bt Barca 6-4

1950/51 La Liga: Atletico bt Barca 6-4

Atleti won their fourth league title in the 1950/51 season, buoyed by a statement win in just the second round of the season.

After losing their opener against Athletic Club by a 4-0 scoreline, Los Rojiblancos needed a response when they hosted Barcelona the following week. They did exactly that.

Barça took an early lead through Marcos Aurelio after just three minutes but Atleti his five without reply through Adrian Escudero, Rafael Mujica, Duran, Henry Carlsson and Escudero to put themselves 5-1 up after 50 minutes.

There were still four goals to be scored - three from Barcelona (a Cesar Rodriguez brace and another from Aurelio) and one from Atletico's Jose Juncosa - making for an incredible final score of 6-4.

1992/93 Copa del Rey Round of 16, 2nd leg: Barca bt Atletico 6-0

1992/93 Copa del Rey Round of 16, 2nd leg: Barca bt Atletico 6-0

Johan Cruyff's Barcelona were at their best in a Copa del Rey meeting with Atletico in February 1993.

They won the first leg at the old Vicente Calderon stadium by a 5-0 scoreline, with two goals from Michael Laudrup and another three from Txiki Begiristain, Julio Salinas and Dutchman Richard Witschge.

They went one better at the Camp Nou, however, picking up a 6-0 victory to complete an almost unbelievable 11-0 aggregate scoreline. Begiristain and Salinas got on the scoresheet again, as did Albert Ferrer, Òscar and Goran Vucevic (2).

1995/96 Copa del Rey final: Barca lost to Atletico 0-1

1995/96 Copa del Rey final: Barca lost to Atletico 0-1

Atleti enacted revenge for their Copa del Rey humiliation three years later, topping Barcelona in the 1996 final at R Zaragoza's La Romareda stadium.

1996 would prove Cruyff's last season in charge in the Catalan capital, but was one to remember for Atleti, as they completed the only league and cup double in their history.

The 90 minutes finished with the scores locked at 0-0, but Atleti came out on top in extra time thanks to Milinko Pantic's 102nd minute header past keeper Carlos Busquets, the father of current Barça star Sergio Busquets.

2013/14 La Liga: Barca drew Atletico 1-1

2013/14 La Liga: Barca drew Atletico 1-1

Atleti won a first La Liga title since their double-winning 1995/96 season at the Camp Nou in dramatic style on the final day of the campaign.

Diego Simeone's side travelled to Catalonia knowing that a win or a draw would be enough to secure the championship; Barça, on the other hand, would make the trophy theirs with a win on home soil.

Although the home side went ahead in the 34th minute through an Alexis Sanchez rocket, Diego Godin headed home from a corner four minutes after the break to level the scores.

It remained 1-1, with Atletico putting in a strong defensive shift and earning a standing ovation from the Barcelona supporters.

2014/15 La Liga: Atletico lost to Barca 0-1

2014/15 La Liga: Atletico lost to Barca 0-1

Exactly one year to the day after Atleti's title-winning result at the Camp Nou, Barça won the LaLiga Santander trophy back at the Vicente Calderón.

A delightful second-half goal from Lionel Messi saw the Catalans pick up a 1-0 away win to wrap up the title with a week to spare, ultimately beating Real Madrid by two points.

Kick off

Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano

Saturday, November 24, 8.45pm local time (Sunday, November 25 1.15 am IST)

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Story first published: Thursday, November 22, 2018, 13:55 [IST]
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