Atletico Madrid took another step to recording a completely unbeaten home season and recorded a disciplined performance ahead of their Europa League clash with Arsenal on Thursday with a 0-0 draw with Real Betis on Sunday evening.
Fernando Torres came closest to opening the scoring in the first half, with his lobbed effort cleared off the line before both sides clattered the woodwork through Cristian Tello and Saul Niguez during the second 45.
However, despite the free-flowing and end-to-end contest, neither side were able to break one another down; stretching the visitors' consecutive clean sheets to six games while keeping
Atletico Madrid have only conceded four goals at home since 20th of November 2017 and haven’t conceded at all at La Peinta since January 20th.— Robbie Fahy (@RFahy00) April 2, 2018
Is there a team that defines defensive solidity more than themselves and Juventus?
An electric Estadio
24 - Atletico Madrid have had a clean sheet at half-time in 24 of their 26 games at Wanda Metropolitano in all competitions. Unbridgeable. pic.twitter.com/jDCypF0SxP— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 22, 2018
#AtletiRealBetis 0-0 HT: A half of two halves. Betis fashioned the more promising openings during the early exchanges, with Atletico coming back as the 45 went on. The visitors have Mandi to thank, however, with the defender's goal-line clearance denying Torres a certain goal.— Joe Owens (@jwpowens) April 22, 2018
Chances either end now - Boudebouz puts one on a plate for Javi Garcia - but misjudges and misses ball completely when unmarked eight yards out.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 22, 2018
After passing up on their clear opening, Betis continued, as they had in the first half, to assert their dominance in possession, and Tello was inches away from giving his side the lead with less than 25 minutes to go as his left-footed effort from the edge of the area beat Jan Oblak, but failed against the Slovenian's left-hand upright.
But less than 10 minutes later, it was Saul's turn to come a lick of paint away from securing his side the advantage after unleashing a stunning left-footed curling thunderbolt from around 20 yards; however, as Tello had experienced moments before, the woodwork came between the difference being evident on the scoreboard.
And despite tempers flaring in the final moments as Koke's clash with substitute Joel Campbell provoked a coming together between several players from either side, neither were able to create any further openings with the tie eventually ending all square.