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Luis Suarez scored twice to give Barcelona a slender advantage over their Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid after the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Atletico took the lead through a Fernando Torres goal in the 25th minute, but his night was ended prematurely when he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Sergio Busquets.
His dismissal proved the turning point as Barcelona began to ramp up the pressure and Atletico were made to pay with Suarez scoring in the 63rd and 74th minute to put the defending champions in front.
The visitors went in from after 24 minutes when Torres found space before he fed the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Just minutes later, however, he found himself booked for a foul on Neymar and just ten minutes after scoring he was sent off, picking up a second yellow card for a needless tackle on Busquests.
Suarez himself was lucky not to be shown a red card for kicking out at Juanfran but the incident was missed by the officials and it was to prove decisive as the Uruguay striker found the back of the net from close range shortly after the hour mark.
He got on the end of Dani Alves' cross on 74 minutes to put the home side in front but Atletico defender Filipe Luis believes his side are still in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
"We had our chances, but we always knew it was going to be really difficult, but we think we are still alive," he told BT Sport Europe.
"They won, they have the result on their side, they had a lot of chances, and fortunately for us they only scored two goals, so it could have been worse.
"We are still alive, we have to win now. It is possible but it will be really difficult."
In the night's other game, an early goal from Arturo Vidal was enough for Bayern Munich the advantage in their last-eight meeting with Benfica.
Bayern took the lead as early as the second minute when Vidal timed his run to perfection to beat Ederson after some superb work from Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski and Juan Bernat.
The pressed for a second but they struggled to break down their opponents to leave the tie finely-balanced ahead of the return leg on Wednesday.
"Benfica move so well and there wasn't a lot of space for us in the middle of the park outside of the final 20 minutes of the first half," said Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.
"The early goal was important but we never lost concentration. We dominated and could have even doubled our advantage, but qualification will be decided over the course of the two matches. I expected this, it is normal.
"The result is close, but it's okay. I'm very happy with the result because I know how good our opponents are. Credit to my team."