Atletico holds Real to 0-0 tie; Juventus beats Monaco 1-0
MADRID (AP) — Goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a series of outstanding saves to help Atletico Madrid hold defending champion Real Madrid to a 0-0 tie Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.
In a rematch of last year’s final, Oblak stopped Dani Carvajal’s shot in the second minute, Oblak blocked Gareth Bale’s effort in the fourth after defender Diego Godin failed to make a clearance and saved Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick. Oblak made a spectacular diving save to stop Bale’s shot in the 31st.
Real Madrid will host the second leg of the total-goals series on April 22.
“The first half was very different to the second half,” Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas said. “In the first half we were the better side, but we were denied by some fantastic saves by Oblak. The tie is still open, very open.”
In the night’s other game, Juventus beat visiting Monaco 1-0 in Turin. Arturo Vidal converted a penalty kick in the 57th minute after Czech referee Pavel Kralovec ruled Ricardo Carvalho fouled Alvaro Morata in the penalty area.
“It’s a great injustice. The penalty was non-existent, and I hope that doesn’t have an influence on the final result of this tie,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said. “I like justice, and for me the rules and regulations should be the same for everyone in sport and in life. I’m disappointed. ... I am convinced the result is due to a wrong decision taken by the match officials.”
In first-leg matches Wednesday, Barcelona is at Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich is at Porto.