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Half-Time Report: Atletico Madrid, Juventus goalless in fiery clash

The Champions League Group A clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus is goalless at half time, both sides seeing players square off against each other.

The Champions League Group A clash between Atletico Madrid and Juventus is goalless at half time, with players from both sides clashing repeatedly.

Juventus' goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon tries to stop a ball beside Juventus' midfielder from Chile Arturo Vidal and Atletico Madrid's Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic during the UEFA Champions League football match Club Atletico de Madrid CF vs© Getty Images

The game saw drama in the opening stages, as Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Mandzukic had to be separated after squaring up to each other in the fourth minute.

In the 10th minute, Claudio Marchisio provided the first chance of the match after shooting from outside the box, but his effort flew wide of the post.

After some tentative skirmishes from both sides, Paul Pogba was able to find space on the edge of the Atletico box in the 34th minute before blasting an effort just wide of the post.

The half ended with tempers threatening to boil over as Pogba and Juanfran also clashed, but despite Juventus turning the screw in the final stages, neither side was able to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes.

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