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Football: Atletico, Barca still tied after stalemate

Published on Jan 12, 2014 6:26 AM
 
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona's football players react before the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Jan 11, 2014. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona remain locked together on 50 points at the top of La Liga after a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid and Barcelona remain locked together on 50 points at the top of La Liga after a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Barca boss Gerardo Martino had named Lionel Messi and Neymar only on the substitutes bench on their respective returns from injury and illness.

However, after a first period devoid of clear-cut chances, Martino introduced Messi at half-time in place of the injured Andres Iniesta.

And the four-time World Player of the Year nearly proved decisive as only a fine save from Thibaut Courtois denied him from grabbing the winner nine minutes from time.

 
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