Sep 30, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Municipal de Butarque
Attendance: 11,454
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Result: Atletico Madrid labour to goalless draw with Leganes

Result: Atletico labour to goalless draw
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Atletico Madrid are forced to settle for a goalless draw away at Leganes in La Liga following an uninspiring showing from Diego Simeone's charges.

Atletico Madrid kept their unbeaten start to the new La Liga season intact as they laboured to an uninspiring goalless draw with Leganes at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque this evening.

Atletico's midweek defeat to Chelsea appeared to have altered Diego Simeone's thinking as the coach switched formations on the road, and it proved difficult for the visitors to adjust in the opening stages.

Madrid found things tough going in the final third and they almost conceded after 21 minutes, when Claudio Beauvue steered his first-time shot just wide of the post under pressure from Diego Godin.

In what proved to be a testing first half for both the teams and those watching, Atletico's only memorable chance came when Saul struck a speculative effort from distance, which produced a good save from Ivan Cuellar who saw the shot late through bodies.

Madrid failed to improve in the second half and they were almost behind when Nabil El Zhar found space inside the box, but Jan Oblak proved equal to it as the Atletico stopper punched clear with his fists.

Simeone soon decided to change systems as he introduced both Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Fernando Torres, although the away side still struggled to find their rhythm in the final third.

As the game wore on, it looked as though Leganes might be the side to find a winner, and that goal almost came when El Zhar let fly again from range, only to see a diving Oblak tip his effort away from the top corner.

Such was Atletico's bluntness going forward, it took a standout effort from centre-back Diego Godin to next test the Leganes stopper, as the Uruguayan defender produced an adroit header that had Ivan Cuellar scrambling across his goal.

Leganes continued to hunt with confidence in the dying embers of the contest and Oblak had to be alive again to turn away a cross from Nordin Amrabat with El Zhar lurking, leaving Atletico to narrowly escape from what might have been a surprising defeat.

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