Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid Play to Draw in Derby; Cristiano Ronaldo Scores

Partey: Madrid derby 'more important' for title-chasing Atletico

Ronaldo's afternoon came to a premature end when he was replaced by Karim Benzema with 27 minutes remaining, and - with the visitors enjoying their best spell of the game - Isco and Luka Modric soon joined the fray. Bale was given the freedom of the Bernabeu by the Atletico defence on the left wing and he made them pay by sending an inch-perfect cross into Ronaldo to score with a well-taken volley at the back post - his 650th career goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts a deserved 53rd-minute lead but Atleti hit back with gusto as Antonio Griezmann swiftly levelled and they nearly led through Koke.

"The presence of [Diego] Costa has helped to free him to get involved in the play".

In comparison to recent versions of this fixture, which have included Champions League finals, Cope del Rey finals and league games with both sides vying for the championship, this at times had a rather low-key feel.

Diego Simeone's men are second on the La Liga standings, 12 points behind Barcelona who beat Leganes 3-1 at the Camp Nou last night.

Los Blancos own a 3-0 advantage over Juve but Zidane insists they can not afford to be complacent. We know how they play and we just have to go for a win.

"It is a pity as we had many chances". The Welshman supplied the cross for Ronaldo's equaliser but, in truth, he was quiet for long periods here, a pale shadow of his confident, marauding best.

A game that looked in danger of drifting towards a stalemate sparked into life after half-time with two goals in four minutes.

Atletico have exclusively completed above their extra illustrious neighbors as soon as within the final 22 years, but heading into this weekend's sport they maintain a 4 level benefit over Zine dine Zidane's males.

The Frenchman's goal was fairly simple as he slotted the ball into an empty net after Vitolo had taken the ball away from Keylor Navas, but it was his celebrations that once again caught the eye.

Saul bent a shot narrowly wide for Atletico and Real, who brought on Luka Modric and Isco for Mateo Kovacic and Asensio, nearly snatched a late, late victor but Oblak made an excellent save from Sergio Ramos' free kick.

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