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Nothing to separate Atlético and Chelsea

Published: Tuesday 22 April 2014, 22.55CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 0-0 Chelsea FC
A tight first leg ended goalless, although both clubs will be missing key players for next week's Stamford Bridge return.
by Paul Bryan
from Estadio Vicente Calderón

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Match statistics

AtléticoChelsea

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts26
 
5
on target11
 
3
off target15
 
2
blocked9
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides5
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
18
Fouls suffered15
 
14
Passes655
 
372
completed497
 
208

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 22 April 2014, 22.55CET

Nothing to separate Atlético and Chelsea

Club Atlético de Madrid 0-0 Chelsea FC
A tight first leg ended goalless, although both clubs will be missing key players for next week's Stamford Bridge return.

The UEFA Champions League semi-final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea FC remains delicately poised ahead of next Wednesday's return after a scoreless first leg in the Spanish capital. 

After a game of few clear-cut chances, Chelsea hold the edge in the tie but José Mourinho's side's battling display came at a cost, goalkeeper Petr Čech and defender John Terry suffering injuries. In addition, Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel picked up bookings that rule them out of the return leg although Atlético captain Gabi will also miss next Wednesday's return at Stamford Bridge through suspension.   

A tight meeting between the meanest defences in the Spanish Liga and English Premier League had been anticipated and so it proved, with fans of both teams soaking up an absorbing, tactical opening to an at times suffocating encounter. Having missed the win against FC Barcelona in the quarter-final second leg, Atlético's Diego Costa looked eager to return to the UEFA Champions League stage, entertaining with some neat tricks before teeing up Diego to fire the game's first chance wide.

Boasting 17 wins in their last 18 home European games, the hosts probed carefully for an opening and during one foray forward the first half's most notable moment arrived. Leaping to punch Koke's dangerously whipped corner over the crossbar, Chelsea goalkeeper Čech – who missed Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland AFC through illness – immediately knew he was in trouble after landing awkwardly.

His replacement, Mark Schwarzer, had lost to Atlético in Fulham FC's 2010 UEFA Europa League final defeat and was soon busy, diving to his left to guide Mario Suárez's drive from distance past the upright.

With the Atlético rearguard proving as rigid as Chelsea's after the restart, glimpses of goals remained brief, Atlético goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – on loan from Chelsea – gathering Lampard's long-range effort. At the other end Diego sent an effort wide before the alert Schwarzer dived low to his right to turn behind Gabi's free-kick.

Diego Simeone's side surpassed their previous highest total for a season with their 109th goal of 2013/14 against Elche CF at the weekend, but they were unable to find a breakthrough here. "I have difficulty seeing a tie of this magnitude being decided in the first leg," Mourinho had said and, with Raúl García and then substitute Arda Turan heading wide for Atlético in the final stages, his prediction proved accurate.

Last updated: 24/04/14

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

chelsea

Chelsea

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
Substitution18
2
GodínDiego Godín
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
Substitution79
7
RamiresRamires
6
KokeKoke
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Yellow Card64
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Substitution86
9
TorresFernando Torres
14
GabiGabi (C)
Yellow Card75
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Yellow Card75
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
22
WillianWillian
Substitution90+4
20
JuanfranJuanfran
24
CahillGary Cahill
23
MirandaMiranda
Yellow Card89
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Substitution73
26
DiegoDiego
Substitution60
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta

Substitutes

1
AranzubiaDaniel Aranzubia (GK)
23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
Substitution18
5
TiagoTiago
11
OscarOscar
9
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution86
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution73
10
Arda TuranArda Turan
Substitution60
16
Van GinkelMarco van Ginkel
11
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
19
BaDemba Ba
Substitution90+4
Yellow Card90+4
12
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
27
AkéNathan Aké
24
SosaJosé Sosa
Substitution79
33
KalasTomáš Kalas

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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