Madrid held to 1-1 draw by Atletico

Real Madrid v Atletico preview: Madrid derby will have big implications on race for second

Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts a deserved 53rd-minute lead but Atleti hit back with gusto as Antonio Griezmann swiftly levelled and they nearly led through Koke.

It made the timing of Zinedine Zidane's seemingly pre-planned decision to send on Karim Benzema in place of Ronaldo a curious one. However, their lead lasted less than five minutes as Griezmann capitalised on some poor defending to equalise it at 1-1.

Growing claims over recent weeks have suggested a deal has already been agreed to take Griezmann to Barcelona, but in an interview aired on French television on Sunday, the player stated that such reports "were not good information".

The Frenchman also admitted that the training he did in the summer prepared him "really well", physically, for the season ahead, and he is now reaping the rewards at the business end of the season and with the World Cup in Russian Federation looming. "In Europe, teams like Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have seen how hard it is to face them".

Barcelona's nine-point advantage at the top could become 12 by the end of the weekend, which would leave them only four games from sealing the title, with Atletico still hanging on their coat tails to date.




But Antoine Griezmann equalised on the rebound after Vitolo's shot was saved by Keylor Navas.

"What we have done in this decade is tremendous, Atletico fans should be proud of how their team is competing".

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Live score Live streaming: Real Madrid look to boost their chances of a top four finish.

Los Blancos came into the clash the more in-form side as they have recorded an impressive six wins from their last six games in all competition.

The Welshman was an unused substitute during Real's 3-0 Champions League win over Juventus on Tuesday, but comes in against Diego Simeone's men. Diego Simeone's side won the first leg 2-0 and face a team that suspended 19 of their players after a spat with most of the first team, per the Guardian.

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