Bale starts with Ronaldo vs Atletico

Brenda Watkins
April 10, 2018

Jan Oblak saved from Ronaldo when Gareth Bale flicked on Toni Kroos' ninth-minute corner as Atletico struggled uncharacteristically with their rivals' set-piece variety.

Griezmann equalized less than five minutes later with a strike from near the penalty spot after a move started by Vitolo inside the area.

The France worldwide forward played a big role as Atletico Madrid pegged eternal rivals Real Madrid back in El Derbi Madrileno on Sunday afternoon, securing second-place for another week for Diego Simeone's men, albeit 11 points adrift of Barca at the top of the league.

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. However, the referee waved away the German playmaker's protests.

Atletico, meanwhile, see Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa lead the line in a 4-4-2. "We needed more. Our goal is always to try to do the best we can against the powerhouses of Real Madrid and Barcelona".

Real Madrid XI : Keylor; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Kovacic, Lucas Vázquez, Asensio; Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Antoine Griezmann denied Cristiano Ronaldo the derby headlines as Atletico Madrid fought back to claim a 1-1 LaLiga draw at Real Madrid.

That goal jolted Atletico into life and they equalised nearly immediately through Griezmann.

But it was skipper Sergio Ramos who nearly won it at the death when his free-kick looked to be heading into the top corner until Oblak got a hand to it.

The Brazilian must be the most influential full-back around at the moment and he was involved in virtually all of Real Madrid's most unsafe attacks in the game.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no new injury worries ahead of Sunday's La Liga derby against Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu, although centre-back Raphael Varane could be among the players rested ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal second leg at home to Juventus.

Atletico Madrid also have European football looming with their second leg against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League to come on Thursday before they host Levante on Sunday.

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