Real Madrid vs athletic Madrid At the Bernabeu Live

by Steven Clarke April 9, 2018, 1:23
Real Madrid vs athletic Madrid At the Bernabeu Live

Atletico visit Real at the Santiago Bernabeu today, having gone four matches without a defeat in the league at their opponents' backyard.

Atleti remain sandwiched between leaders Barcelona and third-placed Madrid in LaLiga, four points better off than their neighbours. However, their lead lasted less than five minutes as Griezmann capitalised on some poor defending to equalise it at 1-1.

It was Madrid who eventually went 1-0 up thanks to star man Ronaldo who struck in the 53rd minute.

Oblak then made a really smart stop to keep out a close-range Raphael Varane effort in the 27th minute as Real Madrid continued to create opportunities. Ronaldo kept his place in the XI, though, and was twice denied by Oblak during the first half.

Ahead of Sunday's Madrid derby (16:15, CEST), Antoine Griezmann is arguably playing his best football since joining Atl├ętico, and his 24 goals this campaign and general play has turned heads even further around Europe.

Paris: Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann denied he had chose to join Barcelona next season, saying in an interview aired on French television on Sunday that such reports "were not good information".

Ronaldo was surprisingly replaced by Karim Benzema in the 63rd minute of the match, while Atletico boss Diego Simeone also made alterations during the same period as Gabi and Angel Correa were introduced, with Costa among those leaving the field.

Furthermore, nine of Atletico's last 11 away league games have seen less than three goals and so there is every chance of another low-scoring game at the Bernabeu this weekend.

Thomas Partey played in Griezmann, who cleverly slid possession to Vitolo and was on hand to steer the loose ball into a vacant goal after Navas saved at the former Sevilla winger's feet.

Saul bent a shot narrowly wide for Atletico and Real, who brought on Luka Modric and Isco for Mateo Kovacic and Asensio, nearly snatched a late, late victor but Oblak made an excellent save from Sergio Ramos' free kick.


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