Atletico in trouble

October 19, 2017
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP):

Atletico Madrid's chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League for a fifth straight season were hit by a 0-0 draw at newcomer Qarabag yesterday, despite playing more than 15 minutes with an extra man.

Atletico, finalists in 2014 and 2016, remain winless after three matches and are struggling in third place in Group C with just two points three less than AS Roma and five behind leaders Chelsea.

Chelsea and Roma drew 3-3 in England.

The draw gave Qarabag their first ever Champions League point.


Last four seasons


"We are left with a very complicated situation in the group," Atletico captain Gabi said. "Now we have to win all the games that we have left."

Atletico have reached at least the quarter-finals in the last four seasons, and were semi-finalists last season.

It was the fourth straight match without a win for Diego Simeone's team in all competitions.

"We didn't keep a cool head when we had our chances and they defended well," Simeone said. "I believe in these players and we're capable of changing the group situation around."

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