Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Simeone’s side fail to win ‘must-win’ gameOctober 18, 2017
Atletico Madrid were held to a goal-less draw with Qarabag in the Champions League on Tuesday afternoon.
Heading into the fixture, Atleti boss Diego Simeone was fully aware that his side needed a victory to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the competition.
Chelsea and Roma who say above the two-time runners-up drew 3-3 at Stamford Bridge, meaning the 0-0 draw has left the Spaniard’s in big trouble.
A bright start from the home side saw Dino Ndlovu almost give them the lead, whilst chances for Mahir Madatov and Richard Almeida also saw Simeone disgruntled on the sidelines.
The performance from the visitors was in stark contrast to that against Barcelona at the weekend.
Neither Antoine Griezmann or Kevin Gameiro could create for Atleti, with Nico Gaitan having the best chance of the game after good work from defender Filipe Luis.
Qarabag had Ndlovu sent off in the 75th minute for a dive, but that did little to inspire the La Liga side, who failed to test the home keeper.
The hosts finished the game with nine men in the end as Badavi Huseynov was stretched off the field, but they stayed strong to secure a good point and one that now defines Group C.