Celta-Atletico tie finely poised

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The Copa del Rey quarter-final between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid is finely poised after the first leg at Balaidos ended in a goalless draw on Wednesday.

• Martinez fail to take chances
• Aspas and Hernandez shoot wide
• Correa misses close header
• Gabi clears off the line

Match Summary
It’s still all to play for in the Copa del Rey quarter-final between Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid after their opening game finished 0-0.

Both teams huffed and puffed over the 90 minutes, but the goalkeepers didn’t really have to work overtime to keep clean sheets while Atletico captain Gabi cleared off the line late on.

Full Report
Celta Vigo coach Eduardo Berizzo told his team before the match that keeping a clean sheet would be key to their hopes of qualifying for the semi-final and his players made sure they kept things tight at the back.

Disappointingly for Berizzo and the home fans, though, Celta themselves failed to get onto the scoresheet so it’s still anybody’s game ahead of the second leg in Madrid.

Jackson Martinez fashioned the first chance for the visitors after only seven minutes, but goalkeeper Ruben Blanco comfortably dealt with it while Iago Aspas and Pablo Hernandez shot wide for Celta.

Although the Galicians had more shots at goal throughout the first half, the goal just couldn’t come.

Atletico stepped up their game during the early stages of the second half with Stefan Savic missing from a corner, while Martinez’s left-footed shot was saved by keeper Blanco again.

Substitute midfielder Angel Correa had a couple of decent chances in the space of a few minutes, but his first shot was saved by the keeper while he sent a header from an excellent Gabi cross over the bar, much to Diego Simeone’s frustration.

In the dying minutes, Augusto Fernandez nearly poked John Guidetti’s long ball past his goalkeeper for an own goal, but captain Gabi was alert and cleared off the line.