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: Obama aides return to fight Trump in midterms
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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: The Trump Administration Continues To Rail Against Michael Wolff's Book
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: Christmas sales surprise for Next
Odds correct at the time of writing.