Real Madrid and Atletico play goalless draw

Hope Soto
October 2, 2018

Bale could have won it for Real too but he sidefooted wide from close range towards the end of the first half and then had to be replaced.

"If I had left at half-time I would have felt quite disappointed, but after the second half you feel it was a fair result", Simeone said.

Julen Lopetegui has appeared in his pre-match press conference ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League match against CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation on Tuesday night.

The film concluded with Griezmann announcing his decision to stay in Madrid, having had Barca, Atletico and the fans of both hanging on his every word. Real Madrid had started well in the La Liga before being trounced by Sevilla, who exposed Real Madrid's defensive frailties.

"It will be hard for all of us to face Real Madrid, but I expect it to be a game which he can make more comfortable for us", he added. He added: 'In a derby everything is important, it's a match that has an emotional element and we have to go in to it prepared for everything. "We've had chances and they will come".

Simeone's side claimed a deserved point at the Santiago Bernabeu, but things could have been even better had they been given a first-half penalty for an apparent handball.

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This match was not lacking for sub-plots.

Atletico sit two points behind leaders Barcelona and Real in La Liga, on level terms with Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol, and know that an away victory will prove vital to their title ambitions. Ramos dismissed the Frenchman's suggestion he could do little more to win the Ballon d'Or.

Antoine Griezmann was also overlooked for the Best FIFA Men's Player, but Saul believes the World Cup victor is getting closer to the levels of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Front and centre, however, was the battle at the top of the table. A club statement on Friday read: 'After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services on our player Marcelo, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the soleus of his right leg.

A blistering opening period was a blur of scuffles, mistakes and missed chances, with Atletico shading the start and Real the finish. "Teams that you would think can not beat you are doing so".

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