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Stalemate between Atlético and Barcelona

Published: Saturday 11 January 2014, 22.00CET
Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona remain locked together on points at the Spanish Liga summit after playing out a goalless draw at the Estádio Vicente Calderón.
Stalemate between Atlético and Barcelona
Atlético's Diego Costa and Jordi Alba of Barcelona tussle for possession in the Spanish capital ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 11 January 2014, 22.00CET

Stalemate between Atlético and Barcelona

Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona remain locked together on points at the Spanish Liga summit after playing out a goalless draw at the Estádio Vicente Calderón.

It is as you were at the Liga summit after joint leaders Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona drew 0-0 in the Spanish capital.

Atlético started superbly and pressed their visitors at every opportunity, but the Azulgrana gradually found their feet and enjoyed far superior possession as the opening period went on, even if clear goalscoring chances were at a premium. Gerardo Martino introduced Lionel Messi at the interval and the Argentina forward twice went close after the break, his cute header drifting wide before a driven effort was palmed away by Thibaut Courtois.

Víctor Valdés was required to thwart Diego Godín soon after the break, while Diego Costa and the impressive Arda Turan also threatened. However, there was no breakthrough forthcoming for either side, meaning Real Madrid CF can close the gap to three points with victory at RCD Espanyol on Sunday.

Athletic Club, meanwhile, consolidated fourth spot in spectacular fashion, Ibai Gómez scoring twice in a 6-1 defeat of UD Almería. Sevilla FC stay seventh having drawn 1-1 with Elche CF, while Valencia CF remain in eighth after they were condemned to a 2-1 loss at RC Celta de Vigo. On Friday, Granada CF eased to a 4-0 success against Real Valladolid CF, who finish the weekend in the relegation zone.

Last updated: 11/01/14 23.55CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 11/01/2014 23:53 CET

11/01/2014

ElcheElche1-1SevillaSevilla

Herrera 82

Daniel Carriço 89

Venue: Elche

11/01/2014

AtléticoAtlético0-0BarcelonaBarcelona

Venue: Madrid

11/01/2014

CeltaCelta2-1ValenciaValencia

Dias de Oliveira 50, 78

Parejo 23

Venue: Pontevedra

11/01/2014

AthleticAthletic6-1AlmeríaAlmería

Rico Moreno 6, Ander Herrera 10, Laporte 30, Aritz Aduriz 52, Ibai Gómez 68, 86 (P)

Hélder Barbosa 34

Venue: Bilbao

10/01/2014

GranadaGranada4-0ValladolidValladolid

Murillo 12, Recio 22, 54, El Arabi 78

Venue: Granada

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