Toothless Atletico Drop Points At Home
Spanish LaLiga Report: Atletico Madrid v Real Betis 22 April 2018
Result: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Betis
Date: 22 April 2018
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano
Atletico Madrid and Real Betis played to a dull 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Sunday evening.
After succumbing to a heavy 3-0 midweek defeat, Atleti looked to bounce back immediately to strengthen their grip on second place in LaLiga, behind champions-elect FC Barcelona.
Betis made a strong start, but the hosts staved off the early pressure. Despite conjuring up a few half-chances, Atletico came with the best opportunity of the half as the departing Fernando Torres capitalised on good work from the right before having his shot was scuffed off the line on 25 minutes.
This did little to prevent Betis oozing confidence as they continued threatening, with Algerian Ryad Boudebouz missing a clear opportunity from close range.
After struggling to shake off a niggling injury sustained in the game, goalkeeper Dani Gimenez went off for youngster Pedro Lopez in the 40th minute.
That aside, they kept up the pressure towards half-time after Javi Garcia’s cut back from the right found Boudebouz in space, but he shot tamely at Jan Oblak.
Following the forced substitution from Betis in the first half, both sides remained the same for the start of the second stanza.
Betis continued to grind through and looked promising every time they got forward, but were on several occasions undone by wayward finishing.
Atleti made three straight swaps as Diego Simeone looked to go for the jugular, with Koke, Antoine Griezmann and Sime Vrsjalko entering the fray.
But they nearly fell behind from a left-footed shot by Christian Tello that hit the outside post with 20 minutes to go.
Simeone’s men did not sit back in the final stages, as Saul Niguez left-footed strike from the centre of the attacking third found the top of the crossbar.
That was the closest they came to breaking the duck, as both sides shared the spoils in the Spanish capital.