Sporting holds Atletico to draw

Sporting have held Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw despite

having two men sent off in the first leg of a Europa League last-16

match.

Leandro Grimi was given a red card in the 30th minute after

receiving a second caution for a challenge on Jose Antonio Reyes

when the winger was bursting down the right.

Defender Tonel was sent off in the 89th for pushing Atletico

striker Sergio Aguero over.

Aguero was in outstanding form on Thursday but could not find

the target.

The Argentina international dribbled into the area in the

25th minute, going past two men before shooting just wide. He had

several more chances throughout the game.

The Portuguese visitors rarely threatened although in the

28th minute, Liedsen pounced on a defensive error and struck the

post.