The Uruguayan was reluctant to celebrate as he put his old team-mates to the sword at the Wanda MetropolitanoAtletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez pressed his hands together to ask forgiveness after deepening Barcelona’s crisis with his first goal against his former employers on Saturday.
The Uruguayan hit late in the first half to put Atletico 2-0 up over the struggling Catalans at the break.
But he remained respectful of their plight, refusing to celebrate even as his team-mates mobbed him in jubilation. Editors’ Picks
A memorable strikeSaturday’s clash was the second time Suarez had met Barcelona since completing his move across La Liga in the summer of 2020.
A positive Covid-19 test robbed the forward of the chance to play against his old team-mates in the first league match of last season, while he drew a blank in May’s 0-0 draw as Atletico closed in on the title.
This time, though, he was on target, picking up on a sumptuous pass from Thomas Lemar – who had opened the scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano – and firing home to double Atleti’s lead.
Suarez refused to celebrate his strike, though, instead offering a gesture of contrition to the Barcelona contingent, having spent six trophy-laden years at Camp Nou prior to his move.
The bigger pictureFamed as one of the deadliest strikers not just in Spain but across the football world, Suarez is still coming up with the goals even at the age of 34. Saturday’s strike takes him up to four in La Liga after eight games, while he also netted midweek to engineer a last-gasp Champions League win over AC Milan.
Suarez has now also scored against every Liga opponent he has faced in the last seven years – with Barca becoming his 31st victim.