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Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid: 5 talking points

Sujith Mohan
ANALYST
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17.96K   //    08 Apr 2018, 23:37 IST

Real Madrid played host to Atletico in the Madrid derby
Real Madrid played host to Atletico in the Madrid derby

Goals: Cristiano Ronaldo 53', Antoine Griezmann 57'

The Madrid derby returns as Santiago Bernabeu welcomes Diego Simeone's' side for one of the biggest games of the season. 

Atletico Madrid needs a win to keep their title hopes alive while a win for Real Madrid will take them just one point behind Atletico.

Both teams have important Europen fixtures midweek and it was reflected in their lineups. Luka Modric and Casemiro are both rested while Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid's starting XI. Karim Benzema started on the bench.

On the other hand, Diego Simeone made a couple of changes to the side that played midweek against Sporting CP.

Thomas and Vitolo returned to the side in the place of Correa and Gabi. Griezmann cancelled out Ronaldo opener to end the game 1-1.

Without much ado, let's have a look at the key talking points from the game.


#5 Real Madrid struck the woodwork twice in the first half

Real Madrid played some sublime football in the first half. They created two chances within the first 10 minutes, first one falling to Marcelo and the second to Ronaldo.

A lot of drama happened in the 12th minute. Real Madrid's shout for a penalty was waived off by the referee and Marco Asensio struck the woodwork.

Ronaldo tested Jon Oblak from distance in the 20th minute while Varane came close to open the scoring in the 28th minute.

Real Madrid players appealed for a penalty in the 39th minute as the ball seem to have struck Savic on his arm, but the referee ignored it again.

Marcelo came very close to put Real Madrid ahead in the 42nd minute, but his effort struck the crossbar and the follow-up effort from Carvajal was saved by Oblak.

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