Madrid Derby stalemate / Mundial Mornings

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(Wednesday 15 APRIL 2015)


Atletico Madrid has valiantly held off their rivals Real Madrid in a scoreless 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter final first leg.

Despite some great chances through Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, Real were unable to convert thanks to some heroic keeping from Atleti Keeper Jan Oblak. The Slovenian goalkeeper managed to protect his goal from eight shots on target. It’s only the second time “Los Blancos” have failed to score in the last 47 Champions League games.

Some people might have seen this game as boring, whereas others will see past the scoreless draw and appreciate the well sought out tactics from Atleti’s magician of a manager- Diego Simeone. Atletico Madrid has managed to go unbeaten against their rivals in the last seven games, credit to the strong minded willpower of the players.

“We have a very intelligent group of players who knew how to react to the way things went in the first half.

"They (Real) are playing the second leg in front of their own fans and they will make a huge effort so we have to try and keep our heads.”

The two rivals will meet again for the second leg at the Bernabeu on the 22nd of April.

OTHER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS- JUVENTUS 1 MONACO 0

It seems that Juventus are now recuperated after their shock 1-0 loss to bottom placed Parma in the Serie A this week.

The Italians will travel to Monaco with a 1 goal home advantage from this morning’s first leg. “Bianconeri” converted a penalty through Chilean striker Arturo Vidal. It will please their fans to know that Fifty-nine of the 80 teams who have won Champions League quarter-finals scored the tie’s first goal.

With more shots on goal to Monaco, the 2nd leg is set to be a thriller in what promises to be a goal fest.  Monaco has the players to score and is well and truly capable of turning this tie around.

Juventus are aiming for their first semi- final appearance since 2003. They have been waiting a long time for this.

Second-rate pitches and long flights ahead for Socceroos

The Socceroos have been drawn against Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh for round 2 of the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. They might look like easy teams in retrospect to their last campaign, but they are set for long travels, poor away attendances and inferior pitches. Just thing back to what happened against Macedonia last month after our emphatic performance against Germany. There is no doubt that the Socceroos would benefit by playing against Asian best rather than Asia’s nobody’s.  

(Yahoo) 

IN THE NEWS..


Raheem Sterling is in hot water again, after images captured the young Liverpool star smoking shisha with team mate Jordon Ibe. Get ready for this to blow up in the media over the next couple of days. (Daily Mail)

Bristol City have clinched promotion to the Championship after smashing Bradford 6-0. (The Guardian)        

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A-LEAGUE MIDWEEK GAME-

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

Tonight 7.40pm (Fox Sports)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-

FC Porto V Bayern Munich

Tomorrow 4.45am

Paris SG v Barcelona

Tomorrow 4.45am

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By ARI CHARILAOU

Ari Charilaou