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Barcelona, Atletico Madrid hit by injuries to Gerard Pique, Diego Costa

Barcelona's Gerard Pique sits on the pitch after injuring himself during a first leg quarterfinal Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona (AP) Barcelona's Gerard Pique sits on the pitch after injuring himself during a first leg quarterfinal Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona (AP)
By: Reuters | Madrid | Posted: April 2, 2014 3:46 pm

a brilliant Andres Iniesta through ball and curled a shot into the far corner.

Huge heart

It was the fourth stalemate between the Spanish rivals this term after they drew 1-1 and 0-0 in the two-legged, season-opening Spanish Super Cup and 0-0 in La Liga in January.

“I am full of pride at the way in which we played and if we continue like this there are chances for success,” Martino said.

“After (Atletico’s) goal you saw the best of Barcelona. In the second half we moved the ball about well and played with depth.

“Our intention in every game is to go out and win, so we will have to go (to Madrid) and do what we always try to do.”

Simeone added: “We have a team with huge heart and it made me so happy to be able to compete against these opponents.

“From a tactical point of view, it was a beautiful game. Both teams played to their strengths and stayed true to their style.”

Atletico, who last won La Liga in 1996 with a team featuring Simeone, are a point clear of Barca at the top with seven games left and their final match of the campaign next month is another trip to the Nou Camp.

It is the first time any club has mounted a genuine challenge to the domestic dominance of Barca and Real Madrid, the world’s richest clubs by income, since Valencia won in 2004.

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