Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Two-time Champions League finalists frustrated in Azerbaijan

  18 October 2017    Read: 1181
Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Two-time Champions League finalists frustrated in Azerbaijan

Two years ago Atletico Madrid came within a penalty shoot-out of winning the Champions League — now they risk failing to even reach the knock-out stages, AzVision.az reports citing Daily Mail.

Atletico have only two points from their opening three games after being held to a draw by Qarabag — beaten 6-0 by Chelsea last month — who earned their first ever Champions League point.

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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