Atletico Madrid 0-0 APOEL: Frustrating Evening For Hosts In Vicente Calderon


The Rojiblancos carelessly failed to find the breakthrough.

Atletico Madrid found the going tough against an energetic APOEL Nicosia side in their Champions Leaguegroup stage opener, being held to a draw by their Cypriot visitors.

While the Rojiblancos had by far the better of the second period, they perhaps cannot complain about the outcome, given that the Nicosia outfit had previously spurned two superb chances.

After just six minutes, in fact, Kosowski’s low cross met Charalambides  unmarked at the back post, but Sergio Asenjo got down low brilliantly to save, although the winger should have done better in the finish.

Atleti were unable to truly come back after that – they did manage to solidify things at the back slightly, but nonetheless the likes of Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan up front were having trouble creating chances.

Not until the 28th minute did the former really have an opportunity when left unmarked in the box, but his first touch was poor and his shot balooned around the far post.

It was not Aguero’s night: two minutes later he dribbled his way magically into the box for a one-on-one but then contrived to shoot straight at Chiotis.

That miss, though, paled in comparison to what was to come. Again Charalambides was the culprit – his positioning was brilliant as he raced in to the far post, but Poursaitidis’ cross was wasted as he somehow contrived to tap the ball past the post with the goal at his mercy.

After the break Atleti came out looking much stronger, tipping a Jose Jurado drive around the post and then tipping an awkward Forlan effort over the bar.

Next up, Simao’s cross was missed by Aguero before substitute Maxi Rodriguez drilled it across goal, albeit with no takers.

The Rojiblancos went on to dominate possession for the remainder of the game, but only tested Chiotis on two more occasions, thus passing up the chance to get three points on the board.


~ by footballdirecta on September 16, 2009.

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