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Simeone frustrated over Costa red card in loss to Barca

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Simeone frustrated over Costa red card in loss to Barca

Simeone curses his side's bad luck with refereeing decisions after Diego Costa is sent off in a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona

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Simeone frustrated over Costa red card in loss to Barca

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (APRIL 6, 2019) (LA LIGA/MEDIAPRO - NEWS USE ONLY) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING: "As far as (Atletico midfielder) Koke's comments, we're clearly doing something wrong because in 11 games, I think we've gotten seven expulsions.

I asked the referee at half time if what Costa had said was so bad.

He told me what he heard, Costa says he didn't say that.

But well, if Costa said that, I think it was a good decision by the referee.

I'm just surprised because with other referees, we see on TV a lot of players saying a lot of things and they're not sent off.

So sometimes you have to find an emotional balance, maybe.

All the same, if he said something so bad to be sent off in such an important game, it's a worthy expulsion.

But, what a coincidence when we see on TV and they mouth 'blah, blah, blah' and you see it, but they don't see it, 'we don't see it'." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE, SAYING: "They sent off Fernando Torres.

They sent Torres off.

A global soccer icon.

They sent Torres off in Champions for two fouls.

They sent Torres off.

After that, anyone can be sent off." STORY: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone cursed his side's bad luck with refereeing decisions in games against Barcelona after Diego Costa was sent off in a 2-0 defeat at the Nou Camp on Saturday (April 6) which practically handed the La Liga title to the Catalans.

Costa was shown a straight red card in the 28th minute of the top-of-the-table clash for a verbal outburst at referee Jesus Gil Manzano, who said in his report that the striker had made a derogatory comment about his mother.

Barca finally found a breakthrough with a wonderful curled strike from Luis Suarez in the 85th minute and Lionel Messi sealed the win with a goal moments later.

Atletico coped well with 10 men and had one glorious opportunity to break the deadlock in the second half from a free kick but midfielder Rodrigo headed narrowly over the bar.

But the Catalans finally found a way past the visitors' outstanding goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a superb curling shot from Suarez in the 85th minute.

Moments later Messi sealed victory and quite probably the league title with an irresistibly cool finish into the net and Barca's fans jubilantly chanted "champions", crowing at their surely unassailable lead at the top with seven games remaining.

Atletico realistically needed to win at the Nou Camp for the first time since 2006 to stay in the title race and they played with ambition and intelligence in the opening stages, keeping the ball for long periods and depriving Barca of space.

But they were rocked by Costa's moment of madness which killed their early momentum and left them with little choice but to defend for the remaining hour of the game.

(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)

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