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The striker talked his way into a senseless straight red card for dissent as Diego Simeone's side ultimately succumbed to a fatal 2-0 loss at Camp Nou
It was on a television show called 'The Decision' that Antoine Griezmann surprisingly announced last year that he would be staying at Atletico Madrid – despite an offer to join Barcelona.

The Frenchman's choice is still being discussed. It was one of the main talking points leading into Saturday's pivotal clash between the two sides at Camp Nou.

Mundo Deportivo even labelled the encounter between the top two sides in the Primera Division as 'La Liga: The Decision'.

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Barcelona held an eight-point advantage, meaning Atletico had to win to have any hope of overhauling their hosts before the end of the season.

However, while Griezmann was fully fit to start against the side he had so publicly snubbed, fellow forwards Diego Costa (hamstring) and Alvaro Morata (ankle) had only just returned to full training.

That left Diego Simeone with his own difficult decision to make: leave both on the bench or select one to start in the hope of putting Barca's defence under pressure.

The Argentine ultimately opted to be bold, electing to start Costa. It proved the wrong decision.

For roughly 28 minutes, we had a game, we still had a title race. But then Costa did what Costa does, completely losing his head for no reason whatsoever to earn himself the most senseless of red cards for dissent.

Did Gil Manzano over-react to being verbally abused? Perhaps. We don't know exactly what was said.

What we do know is that Costa deserved to be punished for a ridiculous act of stupidity.

It was even difficult to know exactly what had so angered him. Arthur had gone to ground to win a ball in the middle of the park, and appeared to do so cleanly.

Costa, though, was enraged and aimed a verbal volley at Manzano.

The notoriously trigger-happy official reached for his yellow but Costa continued his tirade, so he brandished a red instead.

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