Champions League: Atlético 0 – 0 Real Madrid

Quarter-final tie level after tight goalless draw at the Calderón

Oblak undoubtedly kept Atlético in the game at points

Oblak undoubtedly kept Atlético in the game at points

It’s seven derbies this season without a loss for Diego Simeone, as his Atlético side held Real Madrid to a thrilling 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderón on Tuesday evening.

Jan Oblak starred for Atleti, making sure that Real Madrid weren’t able to get themselves on the scoresheet. It’s now four games without conceding a goal to Real at the Calderón.

Los Rojiblancos now go into the return leg next week, across town at the Santiago Bernabeu, looking for the crucial away goal that could guide them to the Champions League semi-finals for the second season in a row.

The first heart-in-mouth moment of the game fell to Gareth Bale, who found himself through on goal with only the keeper to beat. It was a rushing Jan Oblak who came out to deny the Welshman with a fantastic save.

Real Madrid started the game well, pressing Atleti on the ball and getting the full-backs up to join the attack.

Ronaldo had his first chance from a free kick, but the strike from 40 yards did very little to surprise Oblak and the Slovenian got down well to smother it.

The real opportunity Atleti had to test Casillas came from a Koke corner, but Diego Godín could only head the ball wide.

It was Real who had the most of the early chances, and came out with the intention to attack Atleti. Gareth Bale and Carvajal were causing problems for Atleti, whilst Ronaldo looked up for it from the start.

Our cross town rivals were dominating the ball, and Atleti could not get a foothold in the game.

Gareth Bale was next in line to test Oblak, and the Welshman struck the ball from 35 yards. Oblak got down well to his left to stop the bouncing shot.

Soon after Bale came James Rodriguez, who tried a shot from the edge of the area using the outside of his boot. It curled through a crowd of players before it met the palms of Oblak, who pushed it wide of the goal. Our Slovenian goalkeeper was showing who should be Atleti’s number one on the world stage.

Atleti did get a shot on target. A poor clearance from Ramos found Gabi in the middle of the pitch, who headed it forward to an unmarked Griezmann.

Our Frenchman, with very little time, could only take one touch before hitting it on the swivel. Casillas saved easily.

Los Rojiblancos did manage to apply a little bit of pressure on their opponents after this, but this led to another counter attack. This time it was Luka Modric shooting at the Atlético goal, but it went over the crossbar.

The best chance of Real Madrid’s first half after an Atlético corner. The chance went begging, and in the end Varane showed lightning pace to run the length of the pitch to cross for Benzema. The big Frenchman tried to square to an unmarked Ronaldo, but he was off balance and Juanfran intercepted the pass.

Arda Turan had the first chance of the second half, Juanfran turned James Rodirguez before setting up our little Turk. However he could only head wide of Casillas’ post under pressure.

Sergio Ramos got away with another one early in the second half, when he caught Mario Mandzukic in the face with his elbow.

The Croatian was busted open, but the referee just waved away his protests. This coming after TV replays showed Ramos stamping on Koke earlier in the first half – again unpunished.

It was only a matter of time before a raging Mandzukic was put into the book – and for you guessed it – a harmless elbow.

Whistling rang around the Calderón as Real Madrid tried to take control of possession. Atleti were happy to play on the counter, and a well worked cross from Arda and Juanfran led to a blocked shot on the edge of the box from Siqueira.

A goalmouth scramble between Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo looked dangerous, but good work from the Atleti defence meant they could shepherd the ball clear.

Another heart-in-mouth moment came in the 70th minute, when Mario Mandzukic chinned Carvajal with his elbow. Carvajal went down heavy, and it was a bit of revenge for Mario after Carvajal and punched him in the stomach ten minutes earlier.

Mandzukic, on a yellow, was in danger of being given his marching orders. However the referee gave just a foul, and Atleti breathed again.

It was Raúl García who was eventually Simeone’s first substitution, but it was Antoine Griezmann that he was sent on to replace.

Arda Turan almost slipped Koke in after a fantastic solo run, but his pass was cut out at the last moment by the Real Madrid defence. Our midfield maestro was replaced by Fernando Torres with seven minutes left.

And it was Torres who had a penalty appeal turned down after juking past Sergio Ramos. Ramos just stood up in front of him and blocked Torres off, while the referee waved for El Niño to get to his feet.

What followed was two goalmouth scrambles for Atleti. One was poorly judged by Casillas and almost led to a Torres goal.

The resulting corner was then crossed in and Mandzukic couldn’t turn the ball in from inside the six yard box. Casillas managed to palm the ball away.

It was then Mandzukic’s turn to test the Real Madrid defence, and did just that as he cracked the ball into the stomach of the substitute Arbeloa. Appeals for a penalty for handball waved away by the officials.

Stoppage time disappeared as Atleti tried again to take the lead, but the final whistle blew and it means Atlético go to the Bernabeu next Wednesday looking for the crucial away goal.

Atlético Madrid Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid 0 0 Real Madrid
Competition Champions League 1/4 Final
Location Vicente Calderón
Date 14 April 2015
Kick Off 20:45 CEST

Team Lineups

Atlético Madrid
Koke (82')
Mario Suárez
Arda Turan
Griezmann (76')
Substitutes used
Raúl García (76')
F Torres (82')
Real Madrid
Benzema (75')
Substitutes used
Isco (75')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    I’m surprised that Mandzukic played the full 90, he really offered nothing imo but I’m glad that Mario Suarez has to miss the next leg because he was awful too. I didn’t understand the Griezmann and Koke subs smh.

    Oblak, I hope you know that I’m sooo glad you continue to prove me right because if that was Moya today I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have saved some of those

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’m surprised that Mandzukic wasn’t sent off by that awful referee

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    True… from the first minute I was complaining about the ref but I’ve been trying recently to not speak on refs because Simeone doesn’t speak on it

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    That’s right, Simeone never speaks about refs, nor his players, but I think they will be glad if the fans and the media did, because unlike them, they can’t be sanctioned !
    The campaign against tonight’s ref and against UEFA has already started by Atletico fans on social networks,
    and I don’t see any shame in that, it’s a part of the game

  • Sierra Godfrey

    Simeone doesn’t speak about refs or players…to the press. In private, in the locker room, you know ALL KINDS OF WORDS are spoken!

  • ToHaJu

    the Fer today was the man of the match ,,
    he killed the beauty of the match

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I didn’t see this during the game, but after it I watched some videos and photos, and it seems that Carvajal didn’t just punch
    Mandzukic, but he bit him too !
    Are UEFA going to take any action ?! .. let’s see

  • Chewie

    Nah, it doesn’t look like a bite, more like a kiss. But the punch was undeniable and he has to be punished for that. After all, we have cameras all over the place, how stupid should you be to expect that no one will see your foul. The referee was a bad joke but the community sees it all.

  • starvs

    First save by Oblak (on Bale) was great, had to be so strong because Bale doesn’t exactly have a weak shot. He also clearly has very strong and safe hands (dealt with some hard bouncing shots well), reminds me of Courtois in that regard, and that is never a bad thing.

  • aileen

    Bad things :a shame, that ref was standing by Real players all the time .First of all:foul on Mandzukic (for me red card ), no penalty for Atletico (twice if no more ), good things : prodigious Oblak, will to fight until the end and open result

  • Ringo

    Would like to see Koke, Saúl; Arda, Óli (at least tested in preseason), but I suspect Óli, Saúl and García fighting for the second offensive midfielder position (which doesn’t sound like a bad squad at all). I don’t think both Gabi and Tiago will be as present next season, so more Mario, Koke, Saúl and perhaps Camacho or another bought player in those positions
    Also wonder what will happen to Correa next season
    The midfield I just mentioned with him and Griezmann up front might have one of the swiftest combinations known to mankind in them (slight exaggeration perhaps… or perhaps it’s not)

    He could be a little more present or on the foreground, maybe, but Óliver is pretty much owning the midfield at times
    his vision might be quicker than Koke’s, doesn’t run as much, but still a lot and above the Porto average, apparently
    Hope he won’t have bonded with Porto too much by now haha

    I know I’m imagining too many formations, but I’m excited for stuff like this and it’s just me being me
    against some opponents Mandzukic, Torres, García, Gabi and Mario could play for more aerial presence, but that’s not the case all the time, plus there’s always a second half!


    – – – – – — – – – – — – – – – – Oblak – – – — – – – – – – — – – — –
    – – — – – – – – — – – – – – — – – – – – – – — – – – – – — – – – – – — – –
    – – – – – – – – – – Gim/Miranda – – – – Godín – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Juanfran- – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – – – — – – – – — – – Lucas/Siq
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Saúl – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Koke – – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Óliver – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – Arda – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – – – — – – – — – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Correa – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – — – Griezmann – – – – – – — – – – –
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Subs: Moyá; Gim/Mir, Gamez/Luc/Siq; Mario/Camacho, Gabi/Tiago; Mandzukic/Torres, Jiménez/García.
    (kind of depends on who leaves and which game is played, etc)
    a pretty solid squad is on the horizon, with the only weak spot the left back position perhaps, and maybe a pure CDM, which could be Mario or Camacho (or another new guy)

    in short: who cares, I just want Óliver back, great midfielder will bring us greater play

  • Abdil Egriøz

    Very interresting squad, looks pretty much like the ideal team for the future that I had in mind. Except for Saul which I dont think is experienced enough. I’d rather see Tiago as a starter and Gabi as a sub for one last season, because they aren’t getting any younger but I still think they have 1 – 2 seasons back in them, either as subs or regulars. As for Correa and Oliver, I’m really excited to see more of these to as they look to have very big potentials but I doubt Simeone will make them both regulars at least for 1 or 2 seasons. It also depends on their perfomances of course. We also need to keep in mind that we have 4 strikers + Correa and Griezmann and knowing that Simeone always keeps a small squad we will either have to sell or loan some of them. The back 4 looks fine with Gimenez as a regular but I’ve not been convinced by Siqeuiras peromance and Lucas need to gain more experience in my opnion. I would really, really like to see Ansaldi back in that position but it seems like there’s something the staff doesn’t want to tell us. Because he has been fit for I dont know how long and is even mentioned in the match squads but is never able to put a foot on the pitch. In general, our future looks very bright with the likes of Oblak, Koke, Griezmann, Correa, Gimenez, Oliver Torres, Lucas and Manquillo

  • ToHaJu

    dont forget Simeone Jr who could join the strikers

  • Glad this ended in a 0-0 draw. Atletico now has the slight edge in the next game. Time to score! Aupa Atleti!!!

  • Kris

    But you gain experience when you play. Gimenez didn’t have much experience before he started to feature in the XI. Now, he is obviously the 2nd best CB in Atleti.

  • ringo

    Yeah I know, it’s more of a sometimes team, in the subs are the more experienced guys, who will play most games eventually
    I just want to see those players start getting the experience they need and deserve and i think at least Óliver has proven that he’s ready to be among the 14 of starters rotating, maybe Saúl as well

    About Tiago and Gabi, of course, but while it might just be an unlucky period for him, Gabi looks like he’s in decline
    Tiago for some reason seems more consistent every year, but he’ll be 34 or 35 so I see him as an experienced sub next year, with the occasional starting position

    Hope Manquillo gets some more minutes next season, Liverpool was an odd destination for him as loan deal
    He does get more minutes than he did here, though

  • Ringo

    Actually have never seen footage of him
    I also don’t know how Simeone is with family in his squad
    Although we’re all family here

  • ToHaJu

    look at the google and youtube , u will see some videos and news about him