Madrid held to 1-1 draw by Atletico

Madrid held to 1-1 draw by Atletico

Bale nearly had it but put a hard header wide, while Sergio Ramos nodded past from a corner and saw his curling free-kick tipped over by Oblak. Madrid's captain headed the resulting corner just over.

"We knew we'd have to play better in the second half and we did".

And it was the usual suspect Cristiano Ronaldo that got the opener for Madrid in the 53rd minute as he converted a killer cross with a strong and precise shot that goes across the goal and past the goalkeeper.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane made four changes to the team that started against Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The ex-Manchester United forward broke the deadlock with a stunning volley, before the 27-year-old fired home from close range four minutes later.

"We are not doing anything special for the game", Partey told Citi Sports. Ronaldo remains the main man, and how.

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And Diego Simeone's side nearly netted immediately after, but Koke's attempt was brilliantly kept out by the Costa Rican worldwide. He played in Vitolo and then, after Navas had denied the winger, the French worldwide cleverly followed to slide home. Griezmann might have had scored earlier in the game if Costa, who had a frustrating afternoon, had spotted him eight yards out.

Madrid have now failed to beat Atletico in their last five league games at the Bernabeu (two draws, three defeats).

Sergio Ramos nearly snatched a win in injury time but his free-kick was brilliantly clawed out by Oblak to ensure that the points were shared in a result which leaves La Liga leaders Barcelona 11 points clear of Atletico with seven games remaining.

Atletico won La Liga in 2013-14 but have finished third behind either Barcelona and Real Madrid in all other years since 2012-13, which was the team's first full season under coach Diego Simeone.

"It meant that we weren't playing well before that", he added.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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