Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – Story of the match
Griezmann cancels out Ronaldo’s opener to snatch derby draw.
Antoine Griezmann denied Cristiano Ronaldo the derby headlines as Atletico Madrid fought back to claim a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid.
Griezmann’s 57th-minute equaliser cancelled out Ronaldo’s earlier strike to extend Diego Simeone’s side’s run at the Bernabeu Stadium to three wins and two draws in their last five visits and keep them four points clear of their city rivals.
It also left leaders Barcelona 11 points better off than second-placed Atletico at the top of the LaLiga table with seven games to play.
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Cristiano Ronaldo – the Portugal forward was less than impressed when manager Zinedine Zidane ended his afternoon with just 63 minutes gone, but once again, he made a telling contribution as he took his tally to 24 goals in his last 13 games. He had already forced two saves from keeper Jan Oblak when he dispatched Gareth Bale’s cross past him with an imperious swish of his right boot to put Real ahead.
Moment of the Match
Ronaldo’s strike may not have been as spectacular as the stunning overhead kick he scored against Juventus last week, but it was impressive nonetheless. Defender Lucas was caught under Gareth Bale’s left-wing cross and the Portugal international, who had pulled away ready to meet the ball on the full, drilled a volley into the turf and inside the far post.
Atletico defender Juanfran led something of a charmed existence, managing to get through the 90 minutes without a booking despite committing a series of fouls. He was fortunate not to concede an 11th-minute penalty for a challenge on Toni Kroos which left the Germany international fuming.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 7 (out of 10), Dani Carvajal 7, Raphael Varane 6, Sergio Ramos 6, Marcelo 7, Lucas Vazquez 6, Mateo Kovacic 6, Toni Kroos 6, Marco Asensio 6, Gareth Bale 7, Cristiano Ronaldo 8. Subs: Karim Benzema (for Ronaldo, 63) 6, Isco (for Asensio, 72) 7, Luka Modric (for Kovacic, 72) 6.
Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak 7, Juanfran 5, Stefan Savic 6, Diego Godin 6, Lucas 5, Vitolo 6, Saul Niguez 6, Thomas Partey 7, Koke 7, Diego Costa 6, Antoine Griezmann 7. Subs: Angel Correa (for Vitolo, 61) 6, Gabi (for Costa, 71) 6, Kevin Gameiro (for Partey, 82) 6.
Who’s up next?
Real Madrid v Juventus (Champions League quarter-final, second leg, Wednesday, April 11)
Sporting Lisbon v Atletico Madrid (Europa League quarter-final, second leg, Thursday, April 12)