HT: Roma hold out in Madrid

Roma had a couple of promising opportunities at the Wanda Metropolitano, while Atletico Madrid saw Augusto Fernandez’s goal disallowed.

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The Giallorossi needed only a point to be sure of qualification and Atletico Madrid knew if they didn’t win tonight, they would be out of the running for a place in the Round of 16. Diego Simeone’s men were still looking for their first European victory of the season and welcomed back Koke and Filipe Luis, but Juanfran, Sime Vrsaljko and suspended Stefan Savic forced Thomas Partey to shuffle into the right-back role. Alessandro Florenzi, Patrik Schick and Rick Karsdorp missed the trip.

Diego Perotti burst down the left and pulled back for Lorenzo Pellegrini, forcing Yannick Carrasco into a desperate block. Edin Dzeko and Gerson also had shots charged down in the box, but Carrasco’s ball flashed all the way across the face of goal, with Koke and Fernando Torres unable to get the tap-in.

Antoine Griezmann was jeered by his own fans last week after failing to score for two months and showed a lack of confidence by blasting off target.

Augusto Fernandez had the ball in the net on 41 minutes, but the whistle had already blown for his handling offence.

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Roma (Half-Time)

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Thomas Partey, Gimenez, Lucas Hernandez, Filipe Luis; Koke, Augusto, Saul Niguez, Carrasco; Torres, Griezmann

Roma: Alisson; Peres, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Nainggolan, Gonalons, Pellegrini; Gerson, Dzeko, Perotti

Ref: Kuipers (NED)

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