- Points were shared in the Madrid derby after a fiery clash on Sunday evening
- Brahim Diaz opened the scoring before Marcos Llorente got a late equaliser
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Real Madrid allowed two points to slip away in injury time at the Santiago Bernabeu when Marcos Llorente got a late equalizer for Atletico Madrid.
The 1-1 final score does little for Atletico’s slim chances of forcing their way into the title race but they do lend a helping hand to Girona – the draw means the gap at the top is just two points ahead of the second-placed team’s visit to the Bernabeu next weekend.
There was drama for Real Madrid before the game started with Vinicius suffering a neck injury and pulling out of the starting line-up. His replacement was announced as Joselu but in the end Carlo Ancelotti opted for Brahim Diaz and the former Manchester City youngster dazzled in the first half and scored a clever opening.
Atletico failed to clear a Real Madrid attack despite having several chances to do so and Diaz turned the ball past Oblak after it came to him off of Koke.
Real Madrid had Dani Carvajal in the centre of defence because of an injury to Antonio Rudiger and with Diaz starting up front they were a small team on the night always likely to be susceptible to high balls into the box.
Atletico Madrid left the Santiago Bernabeu with a point after scoring a late equaliser
Real Madrid were left frustrated after their rivals notched a leveller in added time
Brahim Diaz had given Los Blancos the lead in the 20th minute of the match on Sunday
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Sure enough in the second half Joselu headed in an Antoine Griezmann corner for what looked like Atletico Madrid’s equalizer. But the goal was ruled out because Saul was in an offside position right on the goal line in front Andriy Lunin.
Diego Simeone went for broke with his changes in the second half and both Memphis Depay and Angel Correa asked more questions of Real Madrid’s defence but it seemed that Carlo Ancelotti’s side would take all three points and extend their lead at the top to four points – and with a 13 point advantage of Atletico.
But a weakness in the air did cost Real Madrid in injury time. A long ball forward was flicked on by Memphis Depay and the duel was between Llorente and Nacho for the second ball.
Nacho tried to clear with his feet, Llorente looped a header over Lunin and Atletico had their leveler.
Marcos Llorente (R) celebrated with his team-mates after scoring the dramatic equaliser
Asked after the game if it felt like a victory, Llorente said: ‘No it’s two points dropped.’ Atletico will need to win the Copa del Rey or the Champions League this season if they are to claim silverware.
‘For Real Madrid the league is the priority and all focus is on their game next week against second placed Giriona.
Thanks to Llorente’s late goal the gap between them is not as big as it might have been.