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Antoine Griezmann straight-up humiliated Gerard Pique with one moment v Barca

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The challenge of Atletico Madrid finally brought an end to Barcelona's unblemished start to La Liga on Saturday night. 

Ernesto Valverde was closing in on his own piece of history with the Catalans and the chance to hold their advantage over Real Madrid - fresh from a sheepish victory over Getafe - at a commanding seven points.

However, it was Atletico that looked the more likely to claim all three points and came just eight minutes away from a first league victory over Blaugrana in seven years.

Saul Niguez  fired the home side into the lead with a brilliant 25-yard finish, shaped into the bottom corner beyond the reach of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Thankfully for the visitors, Luis Suarez was keen to exercise some of his goalscoring demons by arriving at the back-post to level the scores at 1-1.

He proceeded to cup his ear and - as per Sport - tell the crowed to "shut it" as a very clear message to the critics, with the strike proving just his third so far this season.

Barcelona nearly suffered defeat, however, and all thanks to the mercurial talent that is Antoine Griezmann.

In the early moments of the game, Griezmann collected the ball 40-yards out from goal before deciding to make a darting run at goal.

After some rather lazy tracking by Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique eventually decided to jockey Atletico's star man.

It proved a regretful decision, that's for sure.

Griezmann executed a filthy nutmeg on the Spanish defender in full flow, offering him a seat on the Wanda Metropolitano turf. Check it out:

Ter Stegen managed to save Pique a fair few blushes with a stunning save to deny Griezmann one-on-one with Samuel Umtiti pitching in with some far more effective closing down.

Moreover, the error didn't prove costly to the game, which will arrive as welcome news for a player who has already racked up his fair share of clangers this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo made him look like a Sunday League centre-back during the first-leg of the Spanish Super Cup before 10 minutes against Getafe that nearly reaped a red card and penalty as well as showcasing his rugby union skills.

He'll be having nightmares of Griezmann for weeks.

Do you think Gerard Pique is past his best at Barcelona? Have your say in the comments section below.

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