Chelsea Grip Atletico Madrid in Spain

Chelsea produced a battling defensive display to frustrate Atletico Madrid and leave their Champions League semi-final tie evenly poised ahead of next week's return leg at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues lost Petr Cech to injury after the vastly experienced keeper fell awkwardly keeping out a corner.

But replacement Mark Schwarzer only had one serious save to make, the 41-year-old denying Mario Suarez.

Chelsea's best chance fell to Ramires but the midfielder fired well wide.

But regardless of the lack of goals, it was job done as far as Mourinho was concerned, with the Chelsea manager's defensive tactics paying off as Atletico failed to score for the first time in 11 games in this season's competition.

Cech's injury will be a cause of concern, particularly as the Blues face Liverpool in a title showdown at Anfield on Sunday before entertaining the La Liga leaders in the return leg on 30 April.

The Czech Republic international ended up in a heap after colliding with Raul Garcia while keeping out a 17th minute corner.

Los Rojiblancos had netted 22 times in their previous 10 games, but the Blues produced a stubborn defensive performance to give themselves every chance of making their third Champions League final in seven seasons.

Substitute keeper Schwarzer had been guilty of gifting one of the goals as Chelsea's Premier League title hopes faded with a shock 2-1 home defeat by Sunderland last Saturday.

But the veteran, making only his second appearance in the competition, was key as Mourinho's side secured their first clean sheet on continental soil since November.

The Australian's full-length dive to keep out Suarez's powerful shot in the 34th minute was his finest moment.

While John Terry and Gary Cahill dealt comfortably with Atletico's danger man Diego Costa, chances were few and far between for the visitors.

Ramires shot wastefully wide after a powerful surge into the Spanish half, while lone striker Fernando Torres was so isolated that he was unable to hurt his former club.

Terry also went off injured in the 73rd minute after colliding with David Luiz..

Atletico finished strongly, Schwarzer keeping out Gabi's free-kick, while substitute Arda Turan spurned a glorious chance to earn his side a lead to take to Stamford Bridge when he headed wide from close range.

John Obi Mikel will miss the return leg, as will Gabi, after both received cautions for a late skirmish. Frank Lampard was also booked and will not play next week.

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