Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Marcos Llorente grabs late equaliser in Madrid derby as points are shared at the Santiago Bernabeu after Brahim Diaz’s first-half strike for Los Blancos
- Points were shared in the Madrid derby after a fiery clash on Sunday night
- Brahim Diaz opened the scoring before Marcos Llorente grabbed a late equaliser
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Real Madrid allowed two points to slip away in injury time at the Santiago Bernabeu as Marcos Llorente grabbed a late equalizer for Atletico Madrid.
The 1-1 final scoreline does little for Atletico’s slim chances of forcing their way into the title race, but they give Girona a helping hand – the draw means the gap at the top is just two points ahead of the second-placed side’s visit to the Bernabeu next weekend.
There was drama for Real Madrid before the game started with Vinicius suffering a neck injury and pulling out of the starting line-up. His replacement was announced as Joselu, but Carlo Ancelotti eventually opted for Brahim Diaz and the former Manchester City youngster dazzled in the first half, scoring a smart opener.
Atletico failed to clear a Real Madrid attack despite having several chances to do so and Diaz turned the ball past Oblak after it came to him from Koke.
Real Madrid had Dani Carvajal in the center of defense due to an injury to Antonio Rudiger and with Diaz starting up front, they were a small side on the night, always likely to be susceptible to high balls into the box.
Atletico Madrid left the Santiago Bernabeu with a point after grabbing a late equaliser
Real Madrid were left frustrated after their opponents equalized in extra time
Brahim Diaz gave Los Blancos the lead in the 20th minute of the game on Sunday
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Sure enough in the second half, Joselu headed in an Antoine Griezmann corner for what looked like Atletico Madrid’s equaliser. But the goal was ruled out because Saul was in an offside position right on the goal line in front of Andriy Lunin.
Diego Simeone broke with his second-half changes and both Memphis Depay and Angel Correa asked more questions of Real Madrid’s defence, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side looked set to take all three points and extend their lead at the top to four increased – and with a 13 point advantage over Atletico.
But a weakness in the air cost Real Madrid in injury time. A long ball forward was kicked by Memphis Depay and the duel was between Llorente and Nacho for the second ball.
Nacho tried to clear with his feet, Llorente headed over Lunin and Atletico equalised.
Marcos Llorente (R) celebrated with his teammates after scoring the dramatic equaliser
Asked after the game if it felt like a win, Llorente said: ‘No, it’s two points dropped.’ Atletico will need to win the Copa del Rey or the Champions League this season if they want to claim silverware.
“For Real Madrid, the league is the priority and all focus is on their game next week against second placed Giriona.
Thanks to Llorente’s late goal, the gap between them is not as big as it could have been.