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Champions League semi-final LIVE! Atletico Madrid v Chelsea


by The Independent

Hello, and welcome to The Independent's coverage of this crucial Champions League semi-final first-leg tie between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea at the Vicente Calderon.

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    • FT: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Chelsea
    • Cech forced off in the 18th minute
    • Terry went off injured in the 70th minute
    • Courtois started against his parent club
    • Match kicked off at 7.45pm
    4/22/2014 6:38:50 PM

  • 4/22/2014 5:59:09 PM
  • Time for Torres:

    4/22/2014 6:01:03 PM
  • It was like (a smaller version of) Beatlemania when Fernando Torres landed in Barajas airport yesterday, back to his old stomping ground. He was mobbed by around 100 fans. Here's what Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone had to say about the striker:

    But before kick-off and after the final whistle he will have the ovation he deserves. Because this is his home and he is one of us. I hope fans will welcome him as they did in Monte Carlo [for the European SuperCup last season] before and after the match – in the best way possible. He is a lad who will always belong to Atletico Madrid wherever he may be playing.
    Read the full article HERE
    4/22/2014 6:05:50 PM
  • The difference between Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho? Here's what Tiago, who formerly played for Chelsea and is on the bench for Atletico tonight, had to say:

    In terms of their winning mentality and the way it comes through in the work they do every day, they are not just similar, they are identical,” he says. “Simeone’s mere presence on the touchline is enough to lift us. He lives every minute of the game and the energy he transmits strengthens us.

    “Mourinho does the same but in a different way. He motivates you through the week building up to the game. It’s perhaps more of a mental thing with him because he gets inside your head.

    Read the full article HERE
    4/22/2014 6:17:30 PM
  • They are not leading La Liga out of luck...

    4/22/2014 6:27:43 PM
  • The Courtois v Cech debate continues...

    4/22/2014 6:28:27 PM
  • Just under 15 minutes to go until kick-off at the Vicente Calderon. Atmosphere will soon reach fever pitch. Chelsea should not be too daunted, however. They have progressed in 12 out of 15 Champions League knockout ties when the first leg has been played away from home
    4/22/2014 6:32:36 PM
  • Friends reunited?

    4/22/2014 6:34:46 PM
  • The view from the press box..

    4/22/2014 6:41:13 PM
  • And the teams emerge from the tunnel..soon we'll hear that stirring anthem. Kick-off is just minutes away!
    4/22/2014 6:44:04 PM
  • 1 min: And Atletico get us under way....
    4/22/2014 6:47:36 PM
  • 3 min: Atletic happy to keep possession at the moment. Garcia puts a cross in but it can't reach team-mate. Diego Costa, the dangerman, then passes to his namesake, simply DIego, but he slices his long-range effort wide..
    4/22/2014 6:50:24 PM
  • 4 min: Chelsea go on their first attack, Lampard lumps it towards Ramires but he can't get on the ball. The La Liga leaders have made a comfortable start..
    4/22/2014 6:52:27 PM
  • 46 min: And Chelsea start the second half...
    4/22/2014 7:53:00 PM

  • 4/22/2014 7:53:36 PM
  • Chelsea do have attacking options on the bench for that vital away goal..

    4/22/2014 7:55:44 PM
  • 48 min: Diego dinks in a through ball but it's cleared by an acrobatic Mikel header. He's looked solid in the middle of the field for Chelsea tonight, has done everything asked of him with Matic cup-tied.
    4/22/2014 7:57:41 PM
  • 51 min: David Luiz goes down from the smallest of contact from his compatriot Diego Costa. Cue more handbags on both sides before Luiz left the field and then returned a minute afterwards. Play acting? On that evidence...
    4/22/2014 8:01:07 PM
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