The much vaunted strike force of Antoine Griezmann and Co toiled all night, and though Atletico should have had a late penalty when Fernando Torres was pushed, they deserved little more than a point against minnows who played the last 15 minutes with 10 men.
The first half was historic and memorable in one aspect — it was the first time Qarabag made it through the opening 45 minutes without conceding.
They managed it in relative comfort too, with Griezmann coming closest when he broke through, only for Ibrahim Sehic to pull off a smart save
From the resulting corner Jose Gimenez shot wide from the edge of the six yard area as he went unmarked, but on the whole it was a slog for the two-time Champions League finalists.
Qarabag sat back and demanded Atletico dictate play — which is simply not the strength of Diego Simeone's well-drilled team.
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