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Saturday, January 11, 2014

TWD Saturday Sports Thread #1 For 1/11/14: Atletico & Barca Cancel Each Other Out In a Tight Tie

Full Time: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona 
Stalemate official. Great tactical duel even if the game didn't have the quality to match the intensity. Still, much to be decided in La Liga BBVA, where Real Madrid fans will be happy that the two teams they hate the most have to settle for a draw. 

Halftime Version 


Stalemate as expected at the half as Martino and his team looked tentative in the beginning portions of that first half, as Atletico dominated. Busquets was ineffective as Tiago was having the better half in that key holding midfield battle, as well as JuanFran doing well on the flanks. Atletico had the best chance of the half but Costa put the set piece wide.

But Barcelona will go into the break with the momentum as they got into their rhythm in the first half as both Costa and especially Arda Turan became non existent. Pedro is active in the right spots and Iniesta is Iniesta as usual. 

With the control of the game for now, who will Martino sacrifice for Messi (and Iniesta)? 

(Full review of the 2nd half afterwards, stay tuned). 

First Version 



10 minutes and still even, with Atletico having the better of the play. When will Messi and Neymar come in for Martino? 

Constantly updated, and it is live here on TV and on match tracker
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