Barcelona were the team celebrating at the end of the first derby between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
The Madrid rivals played to a scoreless draw at Atletico’s new venue on Saturday, leaving both teams further away from the Catalan club at the top of the Spanish league.
Barcelona won at Leganes 3-0 earlier and ended the day 10 points in front of the Madrid clubs after 12 matches. The thriving Catalan club is seven points in front of second-place Valencia, which will try to extend its seven-game winning streak at Espanyol on Sunday.
The draw extended Atletico’s winless run at its new home to five matches. They drew three straight entering this weekend. Diego Simeone’s team has won only two of its last 10 games in all competitions.
Both teams will have to remain nearly perfect for the rest of the season to try to catch up to Barcelona, which has won 11 of its 12 league matches.
“We deserved more,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane said. “In the end we couldn’t get the goal, but I’m not worried. I’m sure Barca will lose points as well. We have to keep doing our part. It’s a big difference but that’s going to change.”
It was tense between Real and Atletico from the start, with hard fouls from both sides.
Real had control for most of the game but was not able to create many significant chances.
“The draw was a fair result,” Simeone said.
Atletico had one of its best opportunities early when forward Angel Correa entered the area free of markers and only goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to beat but shot wide.
Substitute Kevin Gameiro also came close in the second half, but his shot over Casilla was cleared by Real defender Raphael Varane in front of the goal-line.
Real threatened with a few runs by Isco and a couple of free kicks taken by Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo still has only one score in La Liga.
Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann, who has three goals in 14 matches in all competitions, was jeered when he was replaced by Fernando Torres near the end.
Real defender Sergio Ramos had to be replaced at halftime after breaking his nose when he was struck by Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez.
Sevilla recovered from its loss to Barcelona in the previous round by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 to move back to fifth place. It was the fourth win in five matches for Sevilla in all competitions.
Getafe defeated Alaves 4-1 at home, handing Alavces a 10th league loss.
“Our performance was embarrassing,” Alaves coach Gianni De Biasi said.
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