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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Villarreal: Suarez and Co have to settle for a point after goalless stalemate

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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 

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

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

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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1.30pm Arsenal news LIVE: Umtiti transfer LATEST, Ozil donates kids’ meals, Dundalk build-up, Mike Dean is Man Utd ref

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ARSENAL aim to bounce back this week when they take on Irish side Dundalk in the Europa League.

And then at the weekend it’s old rivals Manchester United in a HUGE Premier League clash.

Follow ALL of the latest Gunners transfer gossip and news below…

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Lewis Hamilton: Salary cap may dent new £40million deal for Mercedes’ British F1 star

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Lewis Hamilton is suddenly facing a race against the clock to sign his proposed £40million-a-year deal with Mercedes after revolutionary plans to cap driver salaries were approved unanimously by the teams.

Sportsmail understands a proposal to limit the pay packets of the sport’s biggest stars to £22m — or $30m as the new regulation will be written — was even backed by Hamilton’s team principal Toto Wolff. The cost-saving measure will start in 2023.

Hamilton, 35, is out of contract at the end of this season and was expected to commit to three more years, from 2021 to 2023. 

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1's big stars to £22million from 2023

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1's big stars to £22million from 2023

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1’s big stars to £22million from 2023

But if the new rule is ratified before Hamilton signs, he cannot earn £40m beyond the next two years and his earnings would be markedly restricted.  

So the six-time world champion must act fast to ensure he continues to add as extravagantly as he wishes to his £250m fortune.

He currently earns £35m a year, about the same as fellow top-earner Sebastian Vettel.

If he signs terms prior to the rule being officially adopted, it is likely he would still be paid at the agreed level.

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Although the exact details of the cap are yet to be finalised, a source has stated that employment law would likely obligate teams to continue to pay at the wage set before the rule’s introduction.

Hamilton may also consider whether to commit to Mercedes for a longer stretch than he originally intended, in order to ensure the highest possible grade of remuneration to the end of his career.

This move is an extension of the budget caps due to be imposed from 2022 on team spending — which is effectively car development — that were given fresh impetus by the coronavirus upheaval. 

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

They are intended to address imbalances between the bigger and smaller teams.

The driver salary cap was the highlight of the F1 Commission video call on Monday at which a provisional calendar of 23 races was presented for next season. The championship will start in Australia with the penultimate race due to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Both the calendar and the driver salary cap await approval by the FIA.

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1.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: Ole on Upamecano, Edinson Cavani free to face RB Leipzig, transfer battle with Liverpool

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MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing to face RB Leipzig in the Champions League this week.

And the match will give boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to see transfer target Dayot Upamecano up close.

Follow ALL of the latest United transfer gossip and news below…

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