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Atlético Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid: Five Talking Points

Modified 03 Mar 2014, 10:14 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo's late equaliser was enough to grab a point for Real Madrid, as they emerged battered and bruised from a thoroughly absorbing 2-2 draw at the Vicente Calderon, agianst Atletico Madrid. Karim Benzema gave his side the lead early on, but goals from Koke and then Gabi meant that Real went into the interval 2-1 down. But, Real came out with a share of the spoils and reaffirmed their lead at the top of La Liga. Here are the five major talking points from the game.

#1 Referee manages to keep his cool

The job of a referee is often a thankless one. Criticized for one small mistake and never really appreciated for the million good ones, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to put themselves through that. But Carlos Delgado Ferreira did that and so much more as he put in a man of the match performance. With players rolling around in the ground for fun and tackles flying high-and-low, it certainly wasn’t an easy game to referee. There were more incidents in 90 minutes than it usually is, in an entire weekend of games, but the referee stood strong, understood the game and didn’t brandish yellow cards at his whim and fancy. The Madrid derby was arguably one of the most difficult games to officiate, but it was made to look like a cake-walk by Carlos Delgado, who let the players get on with the game.

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Published 03 Mar 2014, 09:59 IST
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