PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is denied by PSV Eindhoven keeper Jeroen Zoet

PSV Eindhoven have won their last eight league games and are top of the Dutch League

PSV Eindhoven’s last-16 Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid is finely poised after the hosts survived the last 22 minutes with 10 men.

Atletico should have been ahead at the interval, Jeffrey Bruma clearing Luciano Vietto’s attempt off the line.

Antoine Griezmann was then denied by a fine save from PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet after springing the offside trap.

Dutch champions PSV went close through Davy Propper before Gaston Pereiro was sent off in the 68th minute.

Uruguay-born forward Pereiro, who had already been booked, was ordered off after jumping into countryman Diego Godin.

Atletico Madrid, the 2014 runners-up, will start as favourites to advance to the quarter-finals when the two teams meet in the second leg at the Vicente Calderon on 15 March.

Atletico’s scoring problems mount for Simeone

Atletico remain unbeaten away from home in the Champions League this season.

In addition, Diego Simeone’s side have now secured an impressive 12th clean sheet in 16 Champions League outings.

However, their problems are increasing at the other end of the pitch and they have now managed just seven goals in eight games.

Substitute Fernando Torres injected some urgency into their play when the former Liverpool forward came on for the final half an hour.

Yet Griezmann’s failure to score when clean through proved costly, while Koke also spurned a chance after PSV’s suspect defence was sliced wide open.

The Dutch leaders had beaten Manchester United, Wolfsburg and CSKA Moscow at home in the group stages.

Yet Phillip Cocu’s side struggled to pose Atletico’s defence problems, Propper forcing Jan Oblak into a rare serious save after pinball inside the visitors’ defence.


Uruguay-born PSV Eindhoven forward Gaston Pereiro is shown a red card for jumping into countryman Diego Godin

Manager reaction

PSV Eindhoven boss Phillip Cocu: “I am very satisfied with this result. I said beforehand that if we could keep a clean sheet at home it would put us in a good position for the second leg.”

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: “Goals will come. They’re a tough opponent. I’m relaxed with the fact we have the game at home in the second leg. The only thing we missed was scoring a goal.

“From the start of the game we pressed them, played in their half and created chances. In the second half we controlled the game and Oblak didn’t have a save to make, so I am very happy with the team.”

The stats you need to know

  • PSV failed to score in a Champions League home match for the first time since 16 September 2008
  • The Dutch champions remain unbeaten in four consecutive Champions League matches for the first time since 2006
  • Atletico kept a clean sheet for the fifth time in Europe this season
  • Gaston Pereiro became the second PSV player to receive a red card in the Champions League season after Santiago Arias

What next?

While Atletico Madrid return to Spain to prepare for Saturday’s derby against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium (15:00 GMT), PSV Eindhoven will be looking to make it nine league wins in a row when they entertain Den Haag on the same day (18:45 GMT).

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