Atletico Madrid made a short trip in the Spanish capital to take on arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with the Los Blancos looking to extend their stay at the top of the La Liga table. For large parts of the game, Real Madrid looked to have the game in the bag after Pepe scored the opener. But Real would rue their poor conversion as Antoine Griezmann levelled for Rojiblancos in the 85th minute. This gives Barcelona the chance to go top if they beat Malaga later tonight.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Updates:
2133 hrs IST: Diego Simeone is an elated man as the referee blows the full time whistle. Atletico Madrid would be happier of the two sides after the 1-1 result. Griezmann equaliser doing it for the Rojiblancos after Pepe had headed Real Madrid ahead.
2130 hrs IST: Four minutes added on after the 90 minutes. Can we get a late winner? Atletico have the edge ever since the equaliser
2127 hrs IST: Atletico Madrid with a free kick in a key position. Carvajal is booked for a foul. And Koke is booked too for taking a long time on the free kick. Eventually he takes it and there is nothing on it.
2124 hrs IST: Correa with a splitting pass between Nacho and Carvajal and Griezmann makes the most of the little space. Shoots with his clincal left foot past Navas. ATLETICO MADRID EQUALISE! 1-1!
2119 hrs IST: Final change for Real Madrid as Lucas Vazquez comes on to replace Gareth Bale with 10 minutes to go in this Madrid derby
2117 hrs IST: Jeers as Fernando Torres makes way for Thomas Partey
2114 hrs IST: Looks like a knock for Kroos or even forward thinking from Zidane before the Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich. The German is replaced by Isco
2110 hrs IST: Real Madrid moving the ball about with some real purpose and confidence now. Shifting it from left to right and finding the down the lines. Not really testing Oblak but clear signs of growing level in this game. But then again, Real can’t sit back for that is when they concede and Atletico don’t really go away. An example of that as Griezmann goes for a sublime bicycle kick but he’s offside. Sweetly struck
2104 hrs IST: Kroos clatters into Pepe and the Portuguese looks to be winded. The ribs seem to be the problem. And Nacho is ready to come on as a substitute
2101 hrs IST: First chance of the game: Saul Niguez goes off for Correa.
2059 hrs IST: Chances coming thick and fast for both teams now. Atletico Madrid almost get the equaliser. Lovely passing and Real Madrid are split wide open. Torres is one-on-one with Navas but the Costa Rican keeper spreads himself and saves it.
2051 hrs IST: GOAL!!!! PEPE HEADS REAL MADRID AHEAD!!! Kroos with the free kick into the area and Pepe flexes his neck muscles to head the ball into the far post and past a diving Oblak. REAL MADRID 1-0 ATLETICO MADRID
2050 hrs IST: YELLOW CARD FOR SAUL. Deliberate hand ball by the Atletico Madrid player.
2049 hrs IST: Second half underway. Real Madrid with positive start to open the second 45. Unselfish play from Ronaldo to head over to the far post and Benzema is quick to get to it and shoots from his left but Oblak makes himself big to deny the goal
2029 hrs IST: HALF TIME! Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid locked at 0-0 after the first 45 minutes. Entertaining first half in the Spanish capital but very slow at times. Atletico forcing Real to go from distance and tough to beat Oblak from that range.
2027 hrs IST: Inching towards the half time break. Real Madrid would rue not having taken the lead. That Cristiano Ronaldo chance was a golden ticket
2022 hrs IST: Another mistake by a Real Madrid defender. This time Ramos makes a mistake and hands the ball on the platter to Griezmann. The Frenchman surges forward but is put off by Pepe. Has a go from distance and Navas gets low to save
2015 hrs IST: How is that not a goal! Ronaldo has all the time and space in the box. Beats Oblak but somehow, just somehow, Savic heads it off the line. Beautiful goalline clearance!
2012 hrs IST: Best chance of the game so far for the home side. Near one-two between Ronaldo and Benzema. The Frenchman gets the shot on but it is down the centre of the goal and pushed over by Oblak
2005 hrs IST: CLOSE! Groans from the crowd as Navas is tested from an Atletico corner. Chance at the near post for Griezmann, inches from getting his head on the ball. Totally unmarked in the box. Madrid clear.
2002 hrs IST: Poor from Pepe to lose the ball in the Atletico third. Allows the ball to be taken away cheaply by a Rojiblanco shirt and Carrasco delays the pass a bit too much. Griezmann is offside by the end of it. At the other end, Marcelo urges the crowd to make plenty of noise and the crowd obliges
1959 hrs IST: Pressure on Oblak and Atletico’s goal. Modric carries the ball forward but has the shot blocked, in the move, the ball moves to Ronaldo on the left who takes a nice, low shot on Oblak’s right who gets down low well to save it. Defended away
1956 hrs IST: Madrid slow to get their pressing game going. Have been pressing high up the pitch in the recent past and from the word go. Not so today. Or not effectively yet. Atletico Madrid moving around easily as Torres tries some fancy flicks but Ramos has things in check.
1954 hrs IST: Superb banner at the Bernabeu. Reads “The Throne is Ours”
El mensaje de la afición del Real Madrid en el derbi ante el Atlético de Madrid: “EL TRONO ES NUESTRO”. Imponente. pic.twitter.com/r5LA6iaX3C
— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) April 8, 2017
1950 hrs IST: First good chance of the game falls to Atletico Madrid. Free kick whipped into the area by Koke and Saul Niguez leaps highest. Gets a clip of the hair to it and the ball goes across the face of the goal. Navas was not in a comfortable place. The ball goes safely away though for a goal kick
1945 hrs IST: KICK OFF! Things underway at a sunny and bright Bernabeu. Parts of the pitch covered in shade. Both teams in their traditional colours.
1917 hrs IST: Only one team has beaten Real Madrid three years in a row at the Bernabeu: Atletico Madrid. They’ve won 1-0, 2-1 and 1-0 in the league after not winning at the Bernabeu since 1999!
1901 hrs IST: Bit bizarre for Zinedine Zidane to not even include Asensio on the bench. Was great against Leganes in midweek. Tired could be the only plausible reason
1841 hrs IST: BENCH:
Real Madrid: Casilla, Nacho, James, Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Morata, Isco
Atletico Madrid: Moreira, Lucas, Giménez, Thomas, Cerci, Rober y Correa
1837 hrs IST: TEAMS:
Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Koke, Gabi, Niguez, Carrasco, Torres, Griezmann
1832 hrs IST: Bright and sunny in Madrid for this afternoon kick-off. Suitable for the Asian and North American markets. The two teams have arrived
— Alberto Piñero (@pineroalberto) April 8, 2017
— Alberto Piñero (@pineroalberto) April 8, 2017
1830 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Madrid Derby or Derbi Madrileño – as the Spanish say. Only 170-odd Atletico fans will be in attendance at the Bernabeu owing to the 80 euro ticket fee. But don’t expect them or the home fans to make any less noise. Atletico might not be vying for the title but they won’t let their affluent neighbours have it easy in their quest for the title.