Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid REPORT: Gareth Bale injured as derby spoils are shared
Real Madrid once again failed to take advantage of a Barcelona slip-up as they were held to a goalless draw by derby rivals Atletico at the Bernabeu.
Julen Lopetegui had demanded an instant response from the midweek defeat at Sevilla, but Los Blancos failed to deliver.
Earlier in the day, Barcelona – who were stunned at Leganes on Wednesday – could only muster a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao, which meant Real had the chance to move ahead at the top of the table.
However, the much-anticipated derby produced few clear-cut chances.
Goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak each made one key save in either half as both teams had to make do with a share of the spoils.
Gareth Bale was substituted at the break, reported to have picked up an injury, which could prove another setback for the Real forward.
Lopetegui’s men are level with Barcelona, while Atletico remain two points behind as all three clubs now turn their attention towards next week’s Champions League fixtures.
Subs Not Used: Navas, Mariano, Llorente, Reguilon.
Booked: Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Nacho.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis Lemar (Correa 60), Saul, Rodri (Kalinic 85), Koke Costa (Thomas 69), Griezmann.
Subs Not Used: Adan, Arias, Lucas, Vitolo.
Booked: Juanfran, Lemar, Koke, Correa.
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Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid play out a goalless draw in the Madrid derby. The result suits Diego Simeone’s men a lot more than the home side. Julen Lopetegui’s team fail to score for the second game on the bounce as Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale both missed good opportunities. Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa could have put Atleti ahead in the first half, but were guilty of poor finishing themselves. However, Atletico become the first side since Valencia in the 1940s to go six matches unbeaten in a row at the Bernabeu. Bale was forced off at half-time with an injury and if that proves to be serious, Madrid could be in trouble as Karim Benzema continues to misfire up front.
90+4 minsminute by minute
FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-0 ATLETICO MADRID
90+3 minsminute by minute
WIDE! Varane makes a run and leaps to make contact with Kroos’ delivery, but he can only nod his effort harmlessly wide of the post.
90+3 minsminute by minute
Correa is booked for his loose challenge.
90+3 minsminute by minute
Correa brings down Vinicius on the charge. Madrid will have one final chance to lift a ball into the box. Kroos will take the free-kick.
90+2 minsminute by minute
Nacho catches Correa late to stop an Atleti counter and goes into the book.
90 minsminute by minute
There will be three minutes of added time.
89 minsminute by minute
Vinicius is played into space down the left by Ramos after the Madrid skipper bundled Kalinic off the ball. However, the youngster runs into a wall of Atletico defenders and loses possession.
88 minsminute by minute
The home fans erupt with excitement as Vinicius is thrown into the action to replace Benzema.
87 minsminute by minute
Gimenez is on the spot for Atletico at the back, heading Carvajal’s cross to safety. Ramos eases the pressure on the visitors with a horrific pass that heads out of play for a throw-in 20 yards away from a team-mate.
86 minsminute by minute
Madrid work the ball on the edge of the box and Vazquez opens up space for Kroos to strike at goal, but his effort crashes into a wall of red and white shirts.
85 minsminute by minute
Simeone takes a gamble by introducing Kalinic for Rodrigo. He’s going for the win.
83 minsminute by minute
A mistake by Godin leads to a corner for the home side after his defensive partner Gimenez covers for his error. From the set-piece, Kroos goes for his wonderstrike in a similar position to his World Cup heroics for Germany, but on this occasion he’s not successful as Oblak makes a comfortable stop.
81 minsminute by minute
It’s Atletico’s turn to supply pressure on goal now. The game is very much in the balance.
82 minsminute by minute
Vazquez replaces Modric for the home side.
79 minsminute by minute
Filipe Luis has space to run down the left and whip a cross into the box. Correa gets across his man, but fails to make clean contact with his header. Nacho has to act before Atletico can pounce on the loose ball, clearing behind for a corner.
77 minsminute by minute
SAVE! Madrid string several passes together on the edge of the box to lay up an opportunity for Carvajal to run forward and hit. The full-back goes for power, but sees his effort beaten away by Oblak.
76 minsminute by minute
Koke has Griezmann in space on the right flank if he can pick him out. However, the midfielder’s offload is poor and Ramos makes the interception. Madrid are piling on the pressure and the visitors are struggling to stem the tide.
75 minsminute by minute
Nacho breaks with menace into the left inside channel and he searches for Benzema in the middle with a low cross, only to be denied by a good low challenge by Gimenez on the slide.
73 minsminute by minute
Godin commits a huge error to be dispossessed by Asensio, who has acres of space to run into. The Spaniard only needs to complete his offload for Benzema to have a clean opening at goal, but Gimenez gets across to make the vital challenge, preventing the pass.
72 minsminute by minute
Atletico move the ball with patience in the final third, but Filipe Luis’ cross is cleared ahead of Griezmann by Ramos. The Madrid skipper had to make that clearance at the near post.
70 minsminute by minute
The battle between Koke and Carvajal has been brewing over the course of the contest. Koke brings down the full-back on the charge and goes into the book.
Bale forced off injured
67 minsminute by minute
Atletico hold their composure at the back to clear the danger from the two corners that follow the Asensio chance. Simeone’s men are having to dig deep amid pressure from the home side.
69 minsminute by minute
Costa is withdrawn for Partey, who will provide an extra layer of protection in the middle of the park.
66 minsminute by minute
SAVE! For the first time in the game Madrid open up their rivals at the back. Kroos slides a pass to the back post for Asensio. The Spaniard only has Oblak to beat, but the Atletico keeper spreads himself to make a vital block, sending the ball behind for a corner.
64 minsminute by minute
WIDE! Ceballos feeds the run of Modric 25 yards from goal and the midfielder shapes to shoot on his right foot, planting his effort just wide of the target.
63 minsminute by minute
Madrid win a free-kick down the right flank, but another delivery from Kroos fails to beat the first man. The home side are struggling for quality in the final third.
62 minsminute by minute
Griezmann takes the free-kick from the right flank, but he curls his cross straight at Courtois.