Karim Benzema’s 88 th-minute strike assisted Genuine Madrid prevent defeat at city competitors Atletico, who missed the opportunity to go 5 points clear atop La Liga following a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Luis Suarez put the Atletico ahead inside the very first quarter of an hour with a deft surface while the hosts rejected several additional opportunities as they wanted to combine their position ahead of second-placed Barcelona.
Real, who had charge claims waved away regardless of Felipe’s obvious handball, rallied in the closing stages and although Benzema was two times denied by Jan Oblak, he completed a fine move with 2 minutes to go.
Atletico moved three points clear of Barca while they stay five ahead of Real– although they have a video game in hand on both their rivals– after their late bad luck on a day where Kieran Trippier went back to the ranks after a 10- week betting restriction.
Tripper started the move that led to Atletico’s opener after 14 minutes, passing upfield to Marcos Llorente, who avoided previous Nacho prior to putting Suarez clean through and the Uruguayan produced a finish of the greatest order.
Suarez searched for and, with the beyond his ideal boot, skilfully swerved the ball beyond the onrushing former Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as the hosts hit the front following an uneventful opening few minutes.
Yannick Carrasco was just not able to connect with a cross from Suarez, who was a constant thorn in Real’s side throughout although Courtois was able to conserve a well-directed volley a little later in the half.
Genuine advocated a charge just before half-time as Felipe appeared to manage in the area after a corner however nothing was provided after referee Alejandro Hernandez saw several replays of the occurrence.
Atletico continued to hold the edge after half-time, with Courtois keeping the visitors within one goal as he conserved well from Carrasco prior to rejecting Suarez once again, smothering an effort from close range.
Joao Felix teed up Suarez quickly after being brought on however the former Barcelona striker shot directly at Courtois while at the other end Oblak was tested by a shot from range by Genuine replacement Federico Valverde.
Real started to step up their intensity in the last quarter of an hour, with Oblak making a great double save to thwart Benzema although the Frenchman struck two minutes from time to make sure a share of the spoils.
After Atletico sloppily handed out possession, Benzema coolly played the ball to Casemiro and carried on his run before slotting in an empty web after gathering a return pass from the Brazilian.
” Atletico were the much better team in the very first half and we were the better group in the second, I think we deserved it,” Genuine manager Zidane informed an interview. “We had possibilities and got back into it.
” At the end of the day the crucial thing for us was to put in another excellent second-half display and change the video game, and we did that. It’s a point, we’re alive and we’re going to keep combating.
” Our aim is to keep battling.
” We understand we can improve and that’s what we’re going to do. We wished to play better in the second half due to the fact that the first half wasn’t excellent. The mindset was really crucial to alter things.”
Elsewhere, Fran Beltran scored the winner as Celta Vigo edged a seven-goal thriller versus basement club Huesca
Santi Mina’s opener was cancelled out by goals from Dimitrios Siovas and Rafa Mir as the league’s bottom group recovered.
However Nolito equalised before Hugo Mallo put Celta back in front quickly after half-time.
David Ferreiro carried the hosts level in the 74 th minute but Beltran made it 4-3 two minutes later on.
A first-half goal from Mikel Merino lifted Real Sociedad to a 1-0 triumph over Levante, while Alex Berenguer’s stoppage-time winner made Athletic Bilbao a 2-1 win over Granada after Jorge Molina had cancelled out Asier Villalibre’s early opener.
In Italy, A/C Milan closed the gap on city competitors Inter to 3 points at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 triumph over Hellas Verona.
After Rade Krunic had actually opened the scoring, Manchester United loanee Diogo Dalot doubled his side’s advantage in style, finding the top corner from simply inside package five minutes after the break.
Roma went up to 4th after Gianluca Mancini’s first-half header earned them a 1-0 win over Genoa
Elsewhere, a last-gasp Radja Nainggolan equaliser made resurgent Cagliari a 2-2 draw at Sampdoria
The visitors had taken the lead through Joao Pedro, just for 2 objectives in three minutes from Bartosz Bereszynski and Manolo Gabbiadini to turn the tide in Sampdoria’s favour.
But Nainggolan’s deflected effort earned Cagliari a valuable point at the very end.
A Lorenzo Insigne double and Victor Osimhen’s effort helped sixth-placed Napoli beat Bologna 3-1, with Roberto Soriano scoring the visitors’ only objective in the 2nd half.
Basement club Crotone ended their seven-game losing run with a 4-2 win over fellow strugglers Torino
After Nwankwo Simy’s opener was cancelled out by Rolando Mandragora just before half-time, Simy got his and Crotone’s second in the 54 th minute.
Arkadiusz Reca made it 3-1 before late objectives from Antonio Sanabria and Adam Ounas completed the scoring. Torino had Tomas Rincon sent late on.
A late Simone Iacoponi own objective saw Fiorentina get a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw versus 19 th-placed Parma
Following goals from Lucas Martinez Quarta, Juraj Kucka, Nikola Milenkovic and Jasmin Kurtic, Parma appeared to have actually snatched all three points when they took the lead for the very first time in the video game through Valentin Mihaila in the 90 th minute.
However Iacoponi’s own goal in the fourth minute of included time made sure both groups left with a point.
In the Bundesliga, Jonas Hector’s late effort counteracted Josh Sargent’s opener as Cologne held Werder Bremen 1-1, while Arminia Bielefeld and Union Berlin played out a goalless attract brand-new Bielefeld employer Frank Kramer’s very first game at the helm.
In the Coupe de France, 10- time winners Marseille were discarded out by fourth-tier Canet Roussillon at the last-32 stage following a 2-1 defeat.