Antoine Griezmann starts as Atletico Madrid face Qarabag FK

Annette Crawford
October 18, 2017

Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco were both denied by Ibrahim Sehic when clean through, while Jose Maria Gimenez fired inches wide from a corner before the break.

Wednesday's match was marked by the disputed dismissal of Qarabag forward Dino Ndlovu, who was judged to have dived in the 75th minute, drawing his second yellow card of the night.

Against 10 men for the last 20 minutes, their best chance was the header substitute Fernando Torres sent over the crossbar from four yards out, and the stalemate means the 2014 and 2016 Champions League semifinalists have just one goal and two points from their opening three group games. However, they will relish the chance to give their opponents a few nervy encounters and any goals will be celebrated like they have just won the game. "We will try to win them all and see what happens".

The focus for Atletico is now back on European affairs and they travel east following three matches without a win in all competitions, a run they will feel is too long - although it should end on Wednesday against Qarabag.

Ahead of the Champions League tie with Qarabag, Simeone admitted he wanted his teammates to step up.

"Of the eight league games we've played so far, five were away from home and we are still unbeaten; we drew in Rome but deserved to win".

Simeone told beIN Sports: "In this sport, taking your chances is what most counts. Things can change from one game to the next".

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