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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Villarreal: Goalless stalemate at the Wanda

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The highly anticipated tactical showdown between Diego Simeone and Unai Emery played out as a goalless stalemate, as Villarreal left the Wanda Metropolitano with a point in the bag. 

Luis Suarez was hoping to build upon his hugely successful debut with his new club, though was unable to find the back of the net in a frustrating afternoon of football.

The former Barcelona and Liverpool man came closest to breaking the deadlock, but found himself thwarted by in-form goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

Luis Suarez couldn't provide the spark Atletico Madrid needed to break down Villarreal

Luis Suarez couldn't provide the spark Atletico Madrid needed to break down Villarreal

Luis Suarez couldn’t provide the spark Atletico Madrid needed to break down Villarreal 

Diego Costa came off the bench but failed to score Atletico's best chances of the match

Diego Costa came off the bench but failed to score Atletico's best chances of the match

Diego Costa came off the bench but failed to score Atletico’s best chances of the match

It was a frustrating afternoon for Diego Simeone as Atleti drew 0-0 for successive LaLiga game

It was a frustrating afternoon for Diego Simeone as Atleti drew 0-0 for successive LaLiga game

It was a frustrating afternoon for Diego Simeone as Atleti drew 0-0 for successive LaLiga game

Diego Costa arrived to provide late firepower from the bench and twice came close to snatching a late winner but on both occasions failed to convert Yannick Carrasco’s crosses into the box. 

Villarreal could also have found a late goal in an end-to-end finish, as forward Gerard Moreno volleyed narrowly wide.

Villarreal played the better football for most of the game and could have taken the lead in either half through right back Mario Gaspar, who was thwarted on both occasions by excellent saves from keeper Jan Oblak.

Unai Emery’s Villarreal provisionally lead the standings with eight points from five games, while Atletico, who started the campaign two weeks later, have taken five from three.

Gerard Moreno was a threat all game and came close to breaking the deadlock for the visitors

Gerard Moreno was a threat all game and came close to breaking the deadlock for the visitors

Gerard Moreno was a threat all game and came close to breaking the deadlock for the visitors

Jan Oblak made a number of top-draw saves and was unhappy with his side's performance

Jan Oblak made a number of top-draw saves and was unhappy with his side's performance

Jan Oblak made a number of top-draw saves and was unhappy with his side’s performance

Atletico went into the game looking for a response after being cancelled out by Huesca in Wednesday’s goalless draw but again struggled to break down their opponents, and Oblak was critical with his side after the final whistle.

‘We were too static in the first half and the more space we found the better we played but we need to play like that from the start. We should have got down the wings more and played more crosses,’ said the goalkeeper.

‘Villarreal planned the game well, they closed us down well in the first half and didn’t give us any space. They played well, we could have done more but we didn’t do enough to win. We leave here with a draw which we were not looking for.’

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Will Cristiano Ronaldo play against Barcelona and Lionel Messi and what was the result of his coronavirus test?

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CRISTIANO RONALDO’S return for Juventus will not happen against Barcelona after he received the results of a THIRD Covid-19 test.

Ronaldo sat out the 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on Sunday after being told to self isolate because of a positive coronavirus test while on international duty.

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed the 2-0 win at Dynamo Kiev in Juventus’ opening Champions League tieCredit: Icon Sport – Getty

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was also unable to face Dynamo Kiev last Tuesday.

Why isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo playing for Juventus?

Ronaldo played for Portugal in their draw with France during the international break and was expected to feature against Sweden.

But the former Man Utd and Real Madrid star returned a positive test for Covid-19 and left Portugal’s training camp.

He is currently self isolating and has reportedly displayed no symptoms.

It has also been revealed Ronaldo has been sleeping separately from partner Georgina Rodriguez and his four children while isolating.

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Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo posted a picture on Instagram of him relaxing by his pool during isolation

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Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo posted a picture on Instagram of him relaxing by his pool during isolationCredit: instagram.com/cristiano

Ronaldo travelled from Portugal to Turin on a private air ambulance – but hit back at suggestions he’s broken protocol in the process.

CR7 said: “I did not break any protocol.

“They’re saying that I broke Italian laws but it’s all a lie.

“I spoke with my team and we have the responsibility to do things right.

“Everything was done with authorisation. Principally for the Italian man (Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadaforo) whose name I’m not going to say, it’s a lie, I abided by all the protocols.”

When will he return to action?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-awaited reunion with Barcelona and Lionel Messi will not take place after his third coronavirus test came back positive on Tuesday night – 24 hours before the match.

After testing positive again, he is now likely to make his Juventus return at Spezia on November 1.

Juve boss Andrea Pirlo said on Saturday: “As far as Cristiano Ronaldo is concerned, there has been no news. We await the results of the swabs.

“We did them this morning. He underwent the test at his home and if there is new news it will be communicated.”

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Italy after testing positive for coronavirus

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Dustin Poirier ‘has to’ fight for vacant UFC lightweight title if Khabib remains retired, says Nurmagomedov’s trainer

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KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV’S trainer has backed Dustin Poirier to fight for the vacant lightweight title if the UFC champion remains retired.

Nurmagomedov left the division up in the air after announcing he will walk away following his win against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after UFC 254Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Khabib's trainer says Dustin Poirier should be next in line for the title shot

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Khabib’s trainer says Dustin Poirier should be next in line for the title shot Credit: Getty Images – Getty

But his trainer Javier Mendez believes Poirier – who lost to Khabib last year as the interim champion – is deserving of the next shot.

Mendez told SunSport: “If Khabib is in fact done, then I think Dustin should fight for the title, based on what he’s done.

“After Dustin fought Khabib he got back in with a super tough and highly rated Dan Hooker. He earned that spot.”

Poirier, 31, was submitted by Nurmagomedov, 32, in September 2019, but bounced back in a Fight of the Night against Hooker, 30, this June.

He is currently in talks to rematch McGregor – who he lost to in 2014 – but a deal is yet to be agreed.

Irishman McGregor has not fought since January, when he stepped up to welterweight, knocking out Donald Cerrone, 37, in 40 seconds.

The 32-year-old has not fought at lightweight since losing against Nurmagomedov in 2018, last winning at 155lb in 2016.

But if the UFC reach a deal with him to return next year to face Poirier, he could walk straight into a title shot.

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Conor McGregor is in line to return to the UFC next year Credit: Getty Images – Getty

It comes as Mendez insists Poirier ‘has to’ fight for the belt if Nurmagomedov vacates – with Gaethje and fellow contender Tony Ferguson both coming off a loss.

He said: “Conor loses to Khabib, he then fights Cowboy Cerrone at 170lb and Cowboy wasn’t a top dog anymore, he’s a superstar but not a top five guy.

“Tony gets smashed by Justin, then Justin gets smashed by Khabib, so who’s the only guy that’s come back on track? Dustin.

“If Khabib is retired, and I say if because I’m not 100 per cent, I’d say it’s Dustin against anybody in the top five.

“It has to be Dustin, you cannot have a title fight without using Dustin as the challenger, in my opinion.”

Daniel Cormier calls for Justin Gaethje to face Dustin Poirier for vacant UFC lightweight belt

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Pierre Gasly commits F1 future to Alpha Tauri teams for next year after impressive year and debut GP win

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PIERRE GASLY has agreed to stay with Alpha Tauri for the 2021 Formula One season.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign this time around, winning his first Grand Prix along the way.

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Gasly, 24, won his first GP earlier this yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And he will remain on Red Bull’s second team for a third year.

The identity of his partner, however, is anyone’s guess – with Daniil Kvyat expected to be dropped.

Upon the announcement, Gasly, 24, said: “I’m extremely happy to continue with Scuderia Alpha Tauri for another season.

“This year is going very well, and we are on track to have our most successful season in the team’s history.

“I feel we have a very strong relationship, we have managed to take every opportunity that’s come our way, the best one at the Italian Grand Prix.

“Winning my first Formula One race in Monza was a very special moment for me, and it was made extra sweet to deliver a second win in the team’s history, so I’m very proud of that.

“I’ll do my maximum to push the team and take all my responsibility to bring it as far forward as I can.”

Gasly made his F1 debut in 2018 with Alpha Tauri, then known as Toro Rosso.

Having initially impressed, he was promoted to Red Bull’s main team alongside Max Verstappen.

But having struggled alongside the Belgian, he returned to Toro Rosso in a swap with Alexander Albon during the 2019 campaign.

Upon today’s news, team principal Franz Tost said: “Pierre has been part of the Red Bull driver pool for many years and I hope he will remain in the Red Bull family for many seasons ahead.

“Pierre has proven to be highly competitive also thanks to his great race craft, extracting the car’s potential at every race and giving valuable feedback to his engineers.”

As for Kvyat’s position, one leading contender is thought to be Japanese F2 star Yuki Tsunoda – while Albon could potentially be demoted.

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Alex Albon could return to Alpha TauriCredit: PA:Press Association
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