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  • Goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic was 10-man Qarabag’s hero as they collected a first ever Champions League group stage point by holding last season’s semi-finalists Atletico Madrid in Baku.The Azerbaijanis, who were trounced 6-0 by Chelsea in the first round of Group C fixtures, battled their way to a 0-0 stalemate despite the second-half dismissal of striker Dino Ndlovu to leave the Spanish side with just a single point from their first three games.Full-time: 10-man Qarabag 0-0 Atletico MadridDiego Simeone's men in #UCL this year P3 W0 D2 L1 pic.twitter.com/vTcJ8r3SQK— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) October 18, 2017Atletico enjoyed the better of the first half, but were unable to make the pressure tell with Yannick Carrasco, Saul and Antoine Griezmann all forcing saves from Sehic and Jose Gimenez stabbing a shot just wide five minutes before the break.As they continued to frustrate the visitors, the Azerbaijanis grew in confidence and Atletico keeper Jan Oblak had to field Richard Almeida’s..

    Goalkeeper the hero as 10-man Qarabag hold Atletico Madrid to draw

    Goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic was 10-man Qarabag’s hero as they collected a first ever Champions League group stage point by holding last season’s semi-finalists Atletico Madrid in Baku.The Azerbaijanis, who were trounced 6-0 by Chelsea in the first round of Group C fixtures, battled their way to a 0-0 stalemate despite the second-half dismissal of striker Dino Ndlovu to leave the Spanish side with just a single point from their first three games.Full-time: 10-man Qarabag 0-0 Atletico MadridDiego Simeone's men in #UCL this year P3 W0 D2 L1 pic.twitter.com/vTcJ8r3SQK— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) October 18, 2017Atletico enjoyed the better of the first half, but were unable to make the pressure tell with Yannick Carrasco, Saul and Antoine Griezmann all forcing saves from Sehic and Jose Gimenez stabbing a shot just wide five minutes before the break.As they continued to frustrate the visitors, the Azerbaijanis grew in confidence and Atletico keeper Jan Oblak had to field Richard Almeida’s..
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  • Chelsea play at Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group C on Wednesday night.Here we look at some of the talking points ahead of the clash.Costa love-in(Paul White/AP)Diego Costa last week was granted his wish to re-join Atletico Madrid after three years, two Premier League titles and 59 goals in 120 Chelsea appearances. If Costa were to be presented ahead of the match he would surely receive a rousing ovation from both sets of supporters. Even Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach, has said the summer stand off is in “the past” and he would shake Costa’s hand. It may be Costa will be content to watch the game from the stands.Continental challenge(Jonathan Brady/PA)Chelsea were last season absent from the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2003-04 and out of Europe altogether for the first time in 20 years. The Blues negotiated their return to Europe with a comfortable 6-0 win over Azerbaijan’s Qarabag, either side of a win at Leicester and goalless draw with ..

    Five talking points ahead of Atletico Madrid v Chelsea

    Chelsea play at Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group C on Wednesday night.Here we look at some of the talking points ahead of the clash.Costa love-in(Paul White/AP)Diego Costa last week was granted his wish to re-join Atletico Madrid after three years, two Premier League titles and 59 goals in 120 Chelsea appearances. If Costa were to be presented ahead of the match he would surely receive a rousing ovation from both sets of supporters. Even Antonio Conte, the Chelsea head coach, has said the summer stand off is in “the past” and he would shake Costa’s hand. It may be Costa will be content to watch the game from the stands.Continental challenge(Jonathan Brady/PA)Chelsea were last season absent from the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2003-04 and out of Europe altogether for the first time in 20 years. The Blues negotiated their return to Europe with a comfortable 6-0 win over Azerbaijan’s Qarabag, either side of a win at Leicester and goalless draw with ..
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  • Antonio Conte urged Eden Hazard and Chelsea to seize their opportunity in Wednesday night’s Champions League Group C clash at Atletico Madrid.Diego Costa’s move to re-join Atletico from Chelsea last week is an intriguing sub-plot of the clash, but Conte preferred to focus on his current squad on Tuesday.And the Italian wants Belgium playmaker Hazard, who is yet to start in the Premier League this season following his broken ankle in June, to build on his scintillating title-winning displays last season with Chelsea again among Europe’s elite.Eden Hazard impressed in the Champions League for Chelsea last term (Mike Egerton/PA)“Last season Eden played a really important season, played very well and he was very important for us in winning the league,” Chelsea boss Conte said.“Last season, he showed in every game great talent, to be a really good player, a top player.“This competition is very important for him, but I think it’s important for the team.“This competition brings you to ..

    Conte urges Hazard and Chelsea to seize opportunity at Atletico Madrid

    Antonio Conte urged Eden Hazard and Chelsea to seize their opportunity in Wednesday night’s Champions League Group C clash at Atletico Madrid.Diego Costa’s move to re-join Atletico from Chelsea last week is an intriguing sub-plot of the clash, but Conte preferred to focus on his current squad on Tuesday.And the Italian wants Belgium playmaker Hazard, who is yet to start in the Premier League this season following his broken ankle in June, to build on his scintillating title-winning displays last season with Chelsea again among Europe’s elite.Eden Hazard impressed in the Champions League for Chelsea last term (Mike Egerton/PA)“Last season Eden played a really important season, played very well and he was very important for us in winning the league,” Chelsea boss Conte said.“Last season, he showed in every game great talent, to be a really good player, a top player.“This competition is very important for him, but I think it’s important for the team.“This competition brings you to ..
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  • Diego Costa has completed his move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish side have announced.The 28-year-old striker has initially signed on loan until the end of the season, although Atletico’s transfer embargo means he cannot play until January.Costa, who has scored 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea – twice winning the Premier League title – will then join Atletico for a reported fee of £58million.Atletico and Chelsea announced an agreement had been reached last Thursday and it has now been completed on the eve of the teams’ Champions League Group C contest at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Costa (left) moved from Atletico to Chelsea in July 2004 (Nick Potts/PA)Costa said on Atletico’s website: “I’m very happy to return home, I’ve always said it, Atletico is my home, I’m very, very happy.”The Brazil-born Spain striker’s time at Chelsea ended in claim, counter claim and acrimony.He expressed his gratitude to Atletico for making the move, which will be officially r..

    Diego Costa completes switch to Atletico Madrid

    Diego Costa has completed his move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid, the Spanish side have announced.The 28-year-old striker has initially signed on loan until the end of the season, although Atletico’s transfer embargo means he cannot play until January.Costa, who has scored 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea – twice winning the Premier League title – will then join Atletico for a reported fee of £58million.Atletico and Chelsea announced an agreement had been reached last Thursday and it has now been completed on the eve of the teams’ Champions League Group C contest at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.Diego Costa (left) moved from Atletico to Chelsea in July 2004 (Nick Potts/PA)Costa said on Atletico’s website: “I’m very happy to return home, I’ve always said it, Atletico is my home, I’m very, very happy.”The Brazil-born Spain striker’s time at Chelsea ended in claim, counter claim and acrimony.He expressed his gratitude to Atletico for making the move, which will be officially r..
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  • What the papers sayAtletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is still a target for Manchester United. According to the Daily Express, Jose Mourinho has not given up his pursuit of the France international and could make an £88million bid at the end of the season.Chelsea are confident Eden Hazard will sign a new £300,000-a-week contract to stay at the club, the Sun reports. The deal would put the 26-year-old above Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as the highest earner in English football.Kevin Gameiro has been linked with Everton (Nick Potts/Empics)Everton are eyeing-up a potential January move for Atletico Madrid and France striker Kevin Gameiro, according to the Mirror. With Diego Costa returning to the Spanish club, 30-year-old Gameiro could be available, the paper reports.Paris St Germain could offer Alexis Sanchez a £9million advance on his signing-on fee to blow Manchester City out of the water, according to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. The Arsenal forward’s contract expires a..

    United still targeting Atletico star Griezmann, Chelsea confident Hazard will sign new bumper deal

    What the papers sayAtletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is still a target for Manchester United. According to the Daily Express, Jose Mourinho has not given up his pursuit of the France international and could make an £88million bid at the end of the season.Chelsea are confident Eden Hazard will sign a new £300,000-a-week contract to stay at the club, the Sun reports. The deal would put the 26-year-old above Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as the highest earner in English football.Kevin Gameiro has been linked with Everton (Nick Potts/Empics)Everton are eyeing-up a potential January move for Atletico Madrid and France striker Kevin Gameiro, according to the Mirror. With Diego Costa returning to the Spanish club, 30-year-old Gameiro could be available, the paper reports.Paris St Germain could offer Alexis Sanchez a £9million advance on his signing-on fee to blow Manchester City out of the water, according to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. The Arsenal forward’s contract expires a..
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