Roma 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Simeone’s men fire a blank in Rome

Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw against Italian side Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

Diego Simeone spoke much about his desire to win the Champions League this season before the trip to the Stadio Olimpico but his side failed to break down the Italians in what was a fairly even encounter.

Roma were making their return to the Champions League after a year’s absence and they made a good account of themselves against an experienced Atleti.

Antoine Griezmann, returning from a suspension in the league had an early chance as did impressive youngster Saul Niguez but both wasted their opportunity.

The visitors had another superb chance in the first half to make the breakthrough when Koke came close only to be denied by centre-back Konstantinos Manolas, who cleared the ball off the goal line.

Roma’s best chance of the half came through defensive midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who sent a powerful effort towards Jan Oblak’s goal but the keeper stood strong and saved well.

Very few changes in the second half saw the game eventually end 0-0, whilst in the other group game – Chelsea were too good for FC Qarabag, beating the Azerbaijan champions 6-0 in a game which saw former Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez get on the score sheet.

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