SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: AT MADRID 0 REAL MADRID 0 | FINAL RESULT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 1º LEG Q-FINAL

AT MADRID 0 REAL MADRID 0 | FINAL RESULT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 1º LEG Q-FINAL

The UEFA Champions League 1º leg quarter-final - & city of Madrid derby - between Atletico de Madrid & Real Madrid ended in a 0 - 0 final result. Bit of a anti-climax perhaps but lets not forget that it is a 2º leg affair, that is 120 mins of Football. In hindsight it is a just result as Real Madrid dominated the first half & Atletico de Madrid the second half.  

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Intense 90 mins with plenty of battles & the occasional physical knock between players that may have gone a bit far. Ramos & Mandzukic had their moments with the latter receiving an "accidental" elbow that caused the Atletico forward to bleed from the eyebrow. Real Madrid players Carvajal also received some "loving attention" from Mandzukic & later team-mate Raul Garcia continued to pick away at the Real Madrid defence. Normal stuff from these two rival teams both with high stakes at play. 

Two players stand out for me & each from a team. Atletico de Madrid goalkeeper Oblak was outstanding & made 4 crucial saves in the first half to keep his team alive during the best performance from the visitors. The second player who was colossal was Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane, flawless tonight in defence & dangerous in attack. 

Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas had little to do up till the 80th min when Atletico de Madrid lifted gears & attacked a tired Real Madrid. Casillas made two - three saves that kept out Atletico de Madrid & managed to maintain things even till the end. 

Yellow cards to Atletico de Madrid Suarez & Real Madrid Marcelo, both will miss next weeks 2º leg return game due to yellow card accumulations. 

In conclusion, entertaining game where the only thing missing were the goals. However, both teams were thinking more the 120 mins than the 90 mins & the game was very strategic with plenty of tactical & physical Football on show. 

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