The home side had to wait until the 16th minute for their first chance of the game when Gabi picked out Lucas Hernandez, whose header crashed against the crossbar.
"I am happy that in six years since I arrived at Atletico to have achieved such competition for places", Simeone said, as quoted by ESPN.More news: 100% FDI in single-brand retail to help Apple, Chinese cos
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10 minutes later, Diego Costa went close to scoring but the striker's effort was blocked by goalkeeper Rivas.
For the visitors, defender Marc Trilles is suspended after his red card in the first leg.More news: Turkey summons USA diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group
The game took on a training match feel, and tackles were generally half-hearted from both sides.
On a freezing night, in a stadium that is likely to be half empty and with nearly the entire first team rested for a tie that is already practically won, a high tempo start from the hosts does not look on the cards.
Since his eligibility to play, the Spain global striker has scored two goals and assisted one.More news: Stifel Says Buy Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Now For A 14% Upside
Odds correct at the time of writing.