Champions League: Atletico, Brugge in goalless draw

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Bruges (Belgium), Dec 12 (IANS) Atletico Madrid were held 0-0 by Club Brugge in the last match of the Champions League group stage. The result, combined with Borussia Dortmund’s win over AS Monaco, has placed the Spanish club in second place in Group A.

While Atletico and Dortmund each have 13 points, the German team have the better goal differential and will advance to the knockout stage as the top side in Group A, reports Efe.

Atletico, a two-time finalist, must face the round of 32 without the home-field advantage and against a team that won their group.

The visitors were unable to transform their 57 percent-43 percent edge on possession into goals against a defensive-minded Brugge side here on Tuesday.

The Colchoneros have struggled away from the Wanda Metropolitano this season, winning only four of the 12 matches on the road in all competitions.

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After dominating in the first half, Atletico were less imposing in the second 45 minutes and it took an incredible stop by keeper Jan Oblak to deny Brugge’s Luan Peres.

–IANS

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