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08.04.2018 » Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico. One point for each at the Madrid derby

Cristiano Ronaldo glory seeker at the Bernabéu

Real Madrid had a good chance to shorthen the gap to Atletico Madrid in the second place of La Liga, but the Merengues failed to beat their long-time rivals and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo put the Merengues in the lead, but Griezmann levelled things almost immediately after...

It was a result only Barcelona fans would truly be happy about, as it all but secured their league title. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid battled to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu, with plenty of missed chances from both sides. It was yet another goal for Cristiano Ronaldo, taking his tally to 23 in the league but the joy was short lived as Antoine Grizemann equalized just a few minutes after. Both Derby matchups this season have ended in draws and in the league, it can be argued that Diego Simeone has really figured out how to play against Real Madrid...

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That said, Madrid had a series of chances that they just couldn't convert. Both Marcelo and Asensio hit the woodwork and countless other chances were either blocked at the last minute or foiled by Jan Oblak at the last moment.

Real Madrid started the match well and looked lively, but Simeone's squad is well prepared to absorb pressure. Benzema, Isco, and Modric started on the bench as Ronaldo and Bale started up top. Unfortunately, this lead to a lot of the issues that plagued the team early in the season, namely a lack of inventiveness in the attack. Cross after cross after cross was cut out by Madrid's rivals as Godin, in particular, did a great job.

Ronaldo's goal, however, was fantastic. A cross from Bale perfectly found it's way to Ronaldo's right foot and his one time volley, placed perfectly to the right of Oblak made its way into the back of the net. But as soon as he scored, Madrid looked vulnerable and before long, Grizemann was able to capitalize on a bit of confusion at the back to tie the match.

Cristiano Ronaldo volley goal in Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico in 2018

Ronaldo was taken off at the 63rd-minute mark, in a move that seemed to shock fans both at home and at the Bernabéu. But it's clear with Madrid so far behind Barcelona in the league, as well as the new Champions League rules stating that the top 4 teams in La Liga will qualify automatically, it made sense. There really wasn't much to play for today, whereas it's all on the line vs Juventus.

With Ronaldo off, Madrid really struggled to convert despite a series of close efforts. One wonders if Ronaldo would have gotten on the end of one of those crosses, but alas it would end 1-1.

All eyes now shift to the second leg vs Juventus, where Real Madrid will likely have to deploy Casemiro in a center back position, as Vallejo has been injured in training. We'll find out this Wednesday...

Author: Terrance Ross

Real Madrid lineup vs Atletico in La Liga in April of 2018

Real Madrid line-up vs Atletico Madrid:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Marcelo, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Carvajal
Midfielders: Kovacic, Kroos, Asensio, Lucas Vázquez
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale.

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kick-off time (11-04-2018):

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India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 23:15
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New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
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