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Kazakhstan: Astana Gives Soccer Rivals the Chills

In the international soccer stakes, the capital of Kazakhstan is becoming the away destination that clubs dread to visit.

As Europe is gently settling into the cooler weather of November, the players of FC Astana are already familiar with temperatures below freezing. 

If the weather was frosty for the visiting Atletico Madrid squad, who traveled to Astana for the latest Champions League group stages match on November 3, the greeting certainly wasn’t. 

Europe’s premier competition has proven a major draw and the 30,000-seater Astana Arena was again full to capacity for Tuesday’s game, although traffic snarls meant many ended up missing the first 15 minutes.

FC Astana is becoming the master of grinding out the tedious draw, and they did their magic against a lackluster Atletico, thereby ensuring their unbeaten home record.

Fans were kept on the edge of their seats to the very end. A last-minute save from FC Astana's Nenad Eric denied Atletico and preserved the goalless scoreline.

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