Champions League: Atletico & Real draw, Juve edge past Monaco
The first round of the quarterfinals on Tuesday produced just a single goal.
MADRID/TURIN - Holders Real Madrid will need to maintain their intensity for the whole of next week's return leg if they are to get past Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semifinals, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.
Real dominated their city rivals in the first half of Tuesday's quarterfinal, first leg at Atletico's Calderon stadium but were unable to convert a host of chances.
Spanish champions Atletico then fought back after halftime, with both sides having chances to break the deadlock before the repeat of last season's final ended 0-0.
Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak was in spectacular form and Ancelotti singled out Diego Simeone's side as "one of the best defensive teams in the world" at his post-match news conference.
Ancelotti and Simeone said they had not seen an incident in the second half in which Real defender Dani Carvajal appeared to throw a punch at Atletico forward Mario Mandzukic.
Mandzukic also suffered a bang to the head in an aerial clash with Sergio Ramos that infuriated the bloodied Croatia striker, who remonstrated for several minutes after the clash.
JUVE VS MONACO
Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal smashed home a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win at home to Monaco in an absorbing quarterfinal first leg, leaving the tie on a knife-edge.
Vidal, who has missed two penalties this season, held his nerve and fired into the roof of the net in the 57th minute after Ricardo Carvalho bundled over Alvaro Morata, who had been sent clear by Andrea Pirlo's lofted through ball.
There was controversy surrounding the decision as television replays suggested that the initial contact by the Portuguese defender may have been just outside the penalty box.
"Seeing the incident, it's outside the area," Monaco defender Andrea Raggi told Sky Sport Italia. "You could argue that it continues inside and it is without doubt a foul. The referee had only a few seconds to decide,"
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim also criticised the penalty.
"The result was created by an incorrect decision by the team (of officials) that referees," he told a news conference. "This result is not a fair reflection of what happened on the field."
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, whose side faced a Monaco team that had conceded only four goals in eight previous games in the competition, had predicted that the match could be boring but it was completely the opposite.
Although Italian champions Juve dominated possession, Monaco were always a threat on the break and forced Gianluigi Buffon into three top-class saves to deny them an away goal ahead of the second leg on 22 April.
Carlos Tevez and Vidal missed excellent openings for a jittery Juventus in the first half and the hosts were lucky to reach the break without conceding a goal.
"It was a good result," said Allegri. "Not conceding a goal at home gives us a small advantage. Monaco are a very-well organised team."