Atletico Madrid played out a goalless draw at home to fierce rivals Real Madrid, which sets up a perfectly poised Champions League quarter-final second leg to come at the Bernabeu in a week’s time, reports BBC
Real Madrid were dominant in the first 45 minutes of the game, and will certainly have felt they should have gone into the break ahead. Winger Gareth Bale found himself through on goal early on, but was thwarted by Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who had a fine game between the sticks.
The Welsh international, as well as teammate James Rodriguez both had frustrating evenings in front of goal due to the Atletico goalkeeper, as his heroics kept the score goalless at the break.
In the second-half, the hosts came out of their shells and looked to find an opener. Striker Mario Mandzukic was making himself busy among the Real defence, but was elbowed by Sergio Ramos, which caused the game to take a tempestuous turn.
Both sides were guilty of fouls and time-wasting tactics, as the second-half turned into a gritty spectacle with little quality on display, and in the end a draw seemed the most likely outcome.
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