Champions League Group C, Astana Arena - FC Astana 0 Atletico Madrid 0FC Astana and Atl Madrid Play Out Goalless Draw - FC Astana as well as Aletico Madrid played out a tiresome 0-0 stalemate inwards Kazhakstan inwards the Champions League.
The showtime one-half was a quarrelsome affair, alongside few chances for well-nigh of the half. As the game progressed, Atletico Madrid grew into the game. The best hazard came for Fernando Torres, when he sent a diagonal ball only broad of the mail service when presence downward on the 'keeper, Eric.
Before the stroke of half-time, Koke curled inwards a shot from the corner of the box afterward beingness awarded a gratis kick. It struck the post, having beaten the keeper, but looped over the goal.
FC Astana and Atl Madrid Play Out Goalless DrawIn the 2nd half, Atletico continued to dominate, as well as Antoine Griezmann wentimmediatest alongside a shot that went only broad of the far post.
That was until the final infinitesimal of the game, when Yannick Carrasco hooked a shot within the box goalwards, as well as Eric dived to his left to secure a bespeak for the habitation side.
KEY EVENTS22' - CANAS HEADER - Another corner for Astana. It's swung out to Canas, as well as although he makes a decent connection, it's good over.
32' - TORRES CHANCE - Juanfran hits a diagonal pitch that evades the key defender as well as 'keeper, as well as Torres gets inwards between, as well as he tin give the sack alone bear upon a depression volley broad of the post.
45' - KOKE FREE KICK - Koke curls a gratis boot from the corner of the box towards the meridian corner of the goal, as well as it strikes the crossbar as well as goes over.
55' - GODIN HEADER - Corner on the left for Atletico. It's headed to Godin at the nigh post, as well as he nods downward into the ground, but it's directly at Eric.
74' - GRIEZMANN EFFORT - Griezmann runs onto a through ball into the box, as well as drags a shot only broad of the far post.
90+3' - ERIC SAVE - Carrasco picks upwards a ball into the box, turns towards destination as well as lashes a shot at goal, as well as Eric stops it well.
KEY STATSFernando Torres has gone 9 games without scoring.
This was FC Astana's 2nd e'er Champions League point.
TALKING POINTCan Atletico Madrid get on alongside Fernando Torres every bit a striker alongside much success? The modus operandi of Atletico is to brand the well-nigh of difficult running as well as organisation, as well as enough of other players tin give the sack contribute goals inwards the side. However, a striker is required to grade at to the lowest degreeimmediate to goals, as well as every bit Manchester United show, having a non-scoring striker tin give the sack live decisive inwards tight games.
MAN OF THE MATCHDmitri Shomko (FC Astana): Shomko provided enough of attacking outlet for his side, as well as on the counterattack it was through the defender that FC Astana had well-nigh of their success. He provided welcome recess from the domination of possession that Atletico had for well-nigh of hte match.
PLAYER RATINGSFC Astana: Eric 6, Ilic 6, Anicic 6, Postnikov 6, Shomko 7, Dzholchiyev 6, Maksimovic 6, Canas 6, Kethevoah 6, Muzhikov 6, Kabananga 5. Subs: Beysebekov 6, Zhukov 6, Schetkin 6.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak 6, Juanfran 6, Godin 6, Gimenez 6, Siqueira 6, Tiago 6, Gabi 6, Saul 6, Koke 6, Griezmann 6, Torres 5. Subs: Martinez 6, Carrasco 7, Torres 6.