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Oblak stars in stalemate as Atletico progress

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MADRID, March 16: Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive season but had goalkeeper Jan Oblak to thank for avoiding defeat in a 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

Oblak produced a remarkable triple save midway through the second half as Atletico held on to their 4-2 first-leg advantage to take their place in Friday�s draw for the last eight.

�It is not easy to be in the quarterfinals four years in a row,� Oblak told BeIN Sports Spain.

�I hope Atletico will continue like this, keep growing like in the last few years and I am sure we can achieve great things.�

On a night of few Atletico chances, the home fans didn�t even get to cheer the return of hero Fernando Torres.

Two weeks on from being knocked unconscious in a sickening head clash Atletico boss Diego Simeone left Torres on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

New Leverkusen boss Tayfun Korkut was taking charge of his first Champions League game after Roger Schmidt was sacked when Leverkusen�s first-leg defeat was followed by a 6-2 thrashing at Borussia Dortmund.

Korkut summoned a much-improved performance from the Germans as they forced Atletico onto the back foot for long spells. � AFP

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Oblak stars in stalemate as Atletico progress

MADRID, March 16: Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive season but had goalkeeper Jan Oblak to thank for avoiding defeat in a 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

Oblak produced a remarkable triple save midway through the second half as Atletico held on to their 4-2 first-leg advantage to take their place in Friday�s draw for the last eight.

�It is not easy to be in the quarterfinals four years in a row,� Oblak told BeIN Sports Spain.

�I hope Atletico will continue like this, keep growing like in the last few years and I am sure we can achieve great things.�

On a night of few Atletico chances, the home fans didn�t even get to cheer the return of hero Fernando Torres.

Two weeks on from being knocked unconscious in a sickening head clash Atletico boss Diego Simeone left Torres on the bench for the full 90 minutes.

New Leverkusen boss Tayfun Korkut was taking charge of his first Champions League game after Roger Schmidt was sacked when Leverkusen�s first-leg defeat was followed by a 6-2 thrashing at Borussia Dortmund.

Korkut summoned a much-improved performance from the Germans as they forced Atletico onto the back foot for long spells. � AFP