Once again, Real Madrid failed to defeat Atletico Madrid.
In eight matches since beating Atletico in the Champions League final last season, Real has seven losses and one draw against Diego Simeone’s men.
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Despite playing physical and creating the better opportunities, Real could not score an away goal in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Atletico. Now the sides will head across town to the Bernabeu all square for the second leg.
Real Madrid started the match strong and Gareth Bale should have put the visitors ahead when he found himself in on goal within the opening five minutes. But Jan Oblak made a strong save for Atletico, the first of his six stops in a massive first half for the Slovenian goalkeeper.
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Oblak came off the bench to replace the injured Miguel Moya against Bayer Leverkusen in the last round of Champions League play, and the 22-year-old Slovenian has played well for Diego Simeone. He helped Atletico to a penalty shootout win against Bayer, and has won three of his four La Liga starts, with three clean sheets. He finished the match with ten saves for Atletico, a big reason for the side’s clean sheet
The second half was a physical one, especially for Atletico’s Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian striker was bloodied by an elbow from Sergio Ramos, before taking a punch to the stomach from Dani Carvajal. While Ramos’ elbow was unintentional, the punch from Carvajal could very well likely be review by UEFA and the defender could face some punishment. There was no call on either play from referee Milorad Mazic.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Siqueira, Turan, M. Suarez, Gabi, Koke (Torres 83′), Greizmann (Garcia 77′), Mandzukic
Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal (Arbeloa 85′), Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos, James, Bale, Benzema (Isco 76′), Ronaldo