Atleti fail to grab the advantage

Atletico Madrid were unable to turn their dominance into goals as they drew 0-0 with PSV in their Champions League last-16 first leg against PSV on Wednesday.

  • PSV 0 Atletico Madrid 0
  • Home side park the bus
  • Bruma clears ball off the line
  • Godin has goal disallowed
  • Pereiro sent off

Match Summary

Atletico Madrid struggled to break down a stubborn PSV side throughout a tense encounter at the Philips Stadion.

The home side seemed more concerned with keeping a clean sheet than scoring goals of their own and continually frustrated their Spanish opponents as the match petered out to a 0-0 draw.

Diego Godin’s disallowed goal in the 62nd minute and Gaston Pereiro’s red card were the highlights in what was a pretty dire match at the end of the day.

Full Report

Atletico made a fast start to their match against PSV and went agonisingly close to grabbing the lead just four minutes in when Luciano Vietto cheekily lobbed the Jeroen Zoet in the PSV goal, but the ball was cleared off the line by Jeffrey Bruma.

The PSV shot stopper made an excellent save in the 19th minute to deny Koke’s shot from the edge of the area as the visitors continued to push for an all important away goal.

Zoet was once again in the think of the action in the 30th minute when he pulled off a miraculous one-handed save to deny Antoinne Griezmann.

Godin thought he’d grabbed the lead for his side in the 62nd minute when he headed a Koke corner into the back of the net and was incensed when the referee chalked it off for a foul in the box.

PSV’s job got a lot more difficult in the 68th minute when Gaston Pereiro was given his second yellow card for an awful challenge on Daniele Orsato.

Both sides had chances to grab the lead late on as Griezmann was denied by Zoet in the 85th minute before Maxime Lestienne nearly stole it for the hosts three minutes later but his shot sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

Atletico will be disappointed to come away from the match without a goal, but will take heart from their performance and will undoubtedly back themselves to beat their Dutch opponents at home next month and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.