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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema scores late equaliser

Karim Benzema scored a late equaliser as Real Madrid prevented city rivals Atletico Madrid from moving five points clear at the top of La Liga.

France striker Benzema was earlier denied several times by keeper Jan Oblak at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Luis Suarez scored the opener, which Kieran Trippier helped create on his return from a 10-week ban for betting.

Atletico are three points clear of Barcelona and five ahead of third-placed Real.

England right-back Trippier, who was suspended in December and fined £70,000 after a Football Association panel found he broke betting rules, was bright throughout for the hosts.

He started the move for Atletico's goal, finding Marcos Llorente with a clever pass from defence.

A fine first touch from the Spanish midfielder helped him race clear before he slid the ball to Suarez, who beat Thibaut Courtois with a well-placed shot with the outside of his boot.

Real were denied a penalty for handball before the break, with referee Alejandro Hernandez watching several replays before deciding against awarding a spot-kick after the ball appeared to strike Felipe's arm.

Courtois made a string of crucial saves after the break, denying Yannick Carrasco and twice keeping Suarez out.

At the other end Oblak made an excellent double save from Benzema with 10 minutes remaining, but Benzema could not be denied the equaliser after neatly exchanging passes with Casemiro in the penalty area.

'Real still alive in title race' - what they said

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone said: "It depends which way you look at it. In the negative, they equalised in the last minute, or the positive, that we played very well in general, that we absolutely controlled the first half, and dominated the second.

"It's a long and difficult competition. I don't know what people expected, that we were going to win it by 20 points? We know it is going to be difficult."

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said: "It's a point, we're alive and we're going to keep fighting.

"There's still a long way to go in La Liga and a lot of points at stake, we're going to fight until the end.

"Things can change quickly. We're doing the right things, although we know we can improve and that's what we're going to do.

"We wanted to play better in the second half today because the first half wasn't good. The attitude was very important to change things."

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Oblak
  • 23Trippier
  • 15SavicBooked at 90mins
  • 18Felipe
  • 22Hermoso
  • 6Koke
  • 10CorreaBooked at 72minsSubstituted forKondogbiaat 82'minutes
  • 14LlorenteBooked at 90mins
  • 11LemarSubstituted forSaúlat 57'minutes
  • 21CarrascoBooked at 64minsSubstituted forSequeiraat 64'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 9Suárez

Substitutes

  • 1Grbic
  • 4Kondogbia
  • 5Torreira
  • 7Sequeira
  • 8Saúl
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 19Dembele
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 24Vrsaljko

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 5VaraneBooked at 67mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 23Mendy
  • 10Modric
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 25RodrygoSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 60'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 11AsensioSubstituted forValverdeat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Militão
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 15Valverde
  • 19Odriozola
  • 20Vinícius Júnior
  • 22Isco
  • 26Altube
  • 34Duro
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atletico Madrid 1, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atletico Madrid 1, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Booking

    Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  7. Booking

    Stefan Savic (Atletico Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Atletico Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Koke (Atletico Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saúl Ñíguez.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Atletico Madrid 1, Real Madrid 1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Casemiro.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

  13. Post update

    Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Saúl Ñíguez (Atletico Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Atletico Madrid. Geoffrey Kondogbia replaces Ángel Correa.

  18. Post update

    Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mario Hermoso (Atletico Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 7th March 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid25185248173159
2Barcelona26175457223556
3Real Madrid26166444212354
4Sevilla25153735201548
5Real Sociedad26129543212245
6Real Betis25123103338-539
7Villarreal2681353429537
8Ath Bilbao2596103629733
9Celta Vigo268993440-633
10Granada2696113244-1233
11Levante2671183535032
12Valencia2679103236-430
13Osasuna2677122335-1228
14Cádiz2677122241-1928
15Getafe2676132132-1127
16Real Valladolid26510112537-1225
17Elche2559112337-1424
18Eibar26410122029-922
19Alavés2557132039-1922
20Huesca26311122540-1520
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