Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid Play to Draw in Derby; Cristiano Ronaldo Scores

Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid Play to Draw in Derby; Cristiano Ronaldo Scores

Real Madrid had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to city rivals Atletico as Antoine Griezmann struck to cancel out Cristiano Ronaldo's opening goal.

He played another key role in Real winning the 2016 Champions League but his influence has waned in the last two seasons, not helped by a serious ankle injury last campaign and repeated muscle problems.

Barcelona now sit atop the La Liga table nine points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 13 ahead of bitter rivals Real.

Despite keeping Real at bay in the first 15 minutes of extra-time, a exhausted Atletico were blown away in the closing stages, conceding strikes from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.

The goal, which was Ronaldo's 20th in 10 games, meant that the Real Madrid superstar has now subsequently found the back of the net in his last 10 consecutive matches in all competitions, which is an achievement in itself.

Zidane surprised everybody by taking off Ronaldo just after the hour mark and replacing him with Karim Benzema.

Nevertheless, a win for the visitors would lift them seven points above Real Madrid and give them a chance of finishing above them at the end of the table; something they have only done 18 times in the 86 seasons of La Liga. On Wednesday, we are going to be put to the sword and we need to get through it. Then in the second, we got the goal, but they made it hard for us for 10 minutes after the goal and they levelled things up.

The 63-year-old mother of the world's most famous football player shared a set of photos during her stay in Marrakech, where she spent a weekend full of fun and memorable adventures.

Ronaldo did not appear happy at the decision and was seen mouthing something in Zidane's direction a few minutes later. We are just training hard for this match and we hope to have a better game. On Thursday, Atletico hosted Sporting in the first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal.

"As an African I feel good to be part of this game".

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