Madrid held to 1-1 draw by Atletico

Madrid held to 1-1 draw by Atletico

Madrid held to 1-1 draw by Atletico

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid went into the half-time break with the score level at 0-0 in the Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo on target on 53′.

But Antoine Griezmann equalised for Atletico few minutes later after Ronaldo's opener to secure a share of the points for his side. Luka Modric and Casemiro are both rested while Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid's starting XI.

Ronaldo was then involved as he forced Atletico stopper Oblak into a smart save to his left, from a corner that was nodded onto the striker at the back stick.

The home side were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty after Toni Kroos went down under Juanfran's clumsy challenge two minutes later, and the Germany global let his frustration show when he was booked for a needless foul on Griezmann.

Oblak had to be quick off the mark eight minutes later to block Raphael Varane's effort at point-blank range after he had controlled Kroos' free-kick, but opposite number Keylor Navas proved equally resilient when he got a firm hand to Diego Costa's low drive after he had broken free.

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Real continued to threaten though and Marcelo fired a curler off the Atletico crossbar, as Oblak denied Daniel Carvajal on the rebound.

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"When they scored, we responded immediately and we saw a game we could win with Koke and [Angel] Correa, and could have lost without [goalkeeper Jan] Oblak".

Although captain Sergio Ramos twice went close in stoppage time, Madrid were unable to force a victor and remain third - four points behind their neighbours in LaLiga.

Los Rojiblancos have only finished above their more illustrious neighbours once in the last 22 years, yet heading into this weekend's game they hold a four point advantage over Zinedine Zidane's men.

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