All-Spanish Situs Judi QQ Euro final still on the cards

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Barça keep winning while Real’s injury list is growing

 

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, a repeat of last year’s final, was certainly the pick of the Champions League quarter-final ties on paper and a hard-fought 0-0 final score leaves a second leg to relish.

 

“It was the best of the worst possible results,” said Carlo Ancelotti enigmatically, while his opposite number Diego Simeone added, “It’s very difficult with such good opponents to see the smallest detail as favourable.”

 

The capital derby as expected began a bit helter-skelter and with Real dominating possession. Gareth Bale flunked an early one-on-one but neither side forged other clear-cut chances of note, such was the space-denying going on. 45 minutes of struggle confirmed this was high-stakes football

 

While Ancelotti largely stayed put looking hot and bothered on the Situs Judi QQ bench, his opposite number Diego Simeone prowled the touchline in his close-fitting and dapper black suit, frequently imploring his troops to close down the white shirts.

 

Sergio Ramos almost committed hari-kiri with an intercepted pass but Antoine Griezmann’s whirl to shoot could not beat Iker Casillas.

 

James Rodriguez curled an exquisite attempt with the outside of his foot through a crowded box ten minutes before the break, but Atletico’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak was wise to his plans.

 

The Colombian was denied by the Slovenian again in the 43rd minute from a tight angle and the half-time whistle came as a surprise after so much compressed energy.

 

If there was going to be a winner it would most likely be error-induced in the heat of battle.

 

The pressure threatened to spill over for Mario Mandkukc and Daniel Carvajal whose feud in progress out of sight of the officials at one point led to an exchange of blows which should have drawn red cards.

 

Mandjukic in particular was fuming and bleeding profusely as well following an aerial collision, seemed on the edge of exploding in red mist.

 

Replays showed Carvajal apparently biting the Serbian’s arm but following the match both players denied any Suarez-esque antics had ensued. The referee flashed only five cards in total which could have been worse.

 

A dribble from Arda Turan was almost yielded a goal was the highlight of Atletico’s attacks but neither side could break the deadlock.

 

Los Colchoneros had conceded 67% of possession to Real and did not take risks as the second half played out, apparently for fear of conceding an away goal, more proof it appears that the old rule has had its day.

 

Simeone’s side obviously fancy their chances across town in the second leg and the tie looks only slightly tilted in Real’s favour.

 

Real began as favourites and are still tipped to advance now but having failed to score an away goal at the Manzanares, the derby nature of the match means Atletico will have no fear of going for the win at the Bernabeu.

 

Simeone’s side have gained even more hope as Real starters have been falling like ninepins while Atletico’s sole injury worry is Mandzukic’s right knee.

 

Los Merengues will be without Luka Modric, who having recently returned from injury, is out again, this time for six weeks with a knee ligament strain.

 

They will probably also have to do without striker Karim Benzema, who has also picked up a knee injury and Gareth Bale is out for two to three weeks with a calf strain.

 

Real’s trio of fallen galacticos raises questions about the player conditioning at the Bernabeu, and whether they are rushing their stars back to action too readily and for too many minutes.

 

Bale allegedly complained of pain in his calf but the physios cleared him to play, only for the Welshman to break down after three minutes’ action.

 

 

 

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