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Leaders Atletico Madrid held to goalless draw by ten-man Getafe

Getafe 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone’s side held to a goalless draw despite the hosts going down to ten-men after a red card as they miss out on chance to go eight points clear at the top of LaLiga

  • Atletico Madrid failed to put away their chances in an even game with Getafe 
  • The hosts battled hard and even had their chances to take all three points 
  • Getafe held on for the last 20 minutes following the red-card to Allan Nyom 

Ten-man Getafe put the brakes on Atletico Madrid’s title charge by taking a point off the leaders in scrappy 0-0.

When Getafe defender Nyom was sent off for an ugly foul on Renan Lodi it seemed Atletico would get themselves in front with the extra man for the last 20 minutes.

But Getafe closed ranks and a clever Luis Suarez lob onto the post was the closest Diego Simeone’s side came. Getafe under current coach Jose Bordalas have never scored against Atletico and that record remains but they were happy at full-time having done Real Madrid and Barcelona a big favour.

Diego Simeone was left frustrated as his side failed to put their chances away against Getafe

Marcos Llorente is held back by Luis Suarez after the Spaniard was annoyed with Getafe fouls

After a poor first half Simeone had seen enough and with Saul and Koke failing to make their mark on the game he took the former off and put on Joao Felix.

Marcos Llorente scuffed a shot goalwards and David Soria had to make a routine save as Atletico began to threaten.

Getafe forced chances too with Enes Unal testing Jan Oblak with a shot. Atletico then broke and thought they had scored. Llorente hooked the ball back from just behind the byline so that when Joao Felix headed it in it was ruled out.

Simeone made three more changes just after the hour with the three centre-back system abandoned. Mario Hermoso, Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa came off and Thomas Lemar, Moussa Dembele and Renan Lodi came on.

Lemar and Llorente were now playing wide with Luis Suarez partnered by Dembele, and Joao Felix alongside Koke in midfield.

There were bold changes from a coach not known for his gambles. Five minutes after they made they made even more sense because Getafe were down to ten men.

Llorente is booked for his involvement in an argument with players on both sides

Luis Suarez came close when he hit the post but was unable to add to his impressive goal tally

It was a frustrating day for Atletico with Jan Oblak even having words with a ball-boy

Nyom went studs-up with a late challenge on Lodi. The ball was gone, he came down on the full-back’s ankle and there was a certain resignation from him and his team-mates when referee Jose Maria Sanchez was urged to check the foul pitch-side and came back on to change his yellow card to a straight red.

Lodi was lucky to be able to carry on and now Atletico had a man advantage. Dembele had the next chance but his shot lacked the power to beat Soria.

There was plenty of power in Joao Felix’s next effort but again Soria made the save.

Atletico were really pushing now. Lodi’s shot was saved by Soria and Suarez’ chip looped over the Getafe keeper and bounced back off the far post.

Moussa Dembele also came close to giving Atletico the three points but his chance went wide

With a minute left Dembele had the last chance but his header from Lodi’s cross went wide.

Only four minutes were added on. That seemed generous on Getafe who weathered the brief injury time storm.

‘It’s not a step backwards,’ said Atletico keeper Oblak. ‘We did enough to take three points but we have to content ourselves with the one point.’

They are six points ahead of Real Madrid but if second placed Barcelona win on Monday against Huesca, Ronald Koeman’s side will be just four points behind the leaders. 

Getafe goalkeeper David Soria was kept very busy but managed to hang onto a clean-sheet

Getafe also created several chances throughout the game and could have taken the points




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