Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips

Ruben Holloway
April 9, 2018

Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey has explained how much it means for him to play in the Madrid derby as an African.

Although captain Sergio Ramos twice went close in stoppage time, Madrid were unable to force a victor and remain third - four points behind their neighbours in LaLiga.

Simeone, who famously led Atletico to a stunning title triumph in 2013-14, pointed to Madrid's excellent recent performances against Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the Champions League to underline the impressive nature of his team remaining unbeaten at the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain's top-flight for a fifth consecutive season. 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.

Real had the better chances and Marco Asensio and Marcelo hit the woodwork at 0-0.

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But they broke through early in the second, Ronaldo smashing home in the 53rd minute after Bale had got away down the left.

Real had several openings around the penalty area but a combination of poor finishing and strong blocks, from Oblak in particular, kept them at bay.

Moments later, Atletico had a great opportunity to score through Diego Costa. A game that looked in danger of drifting towards a stalemate sparked into life after half-time with two goals in four minutes.

Bale had operated on the margins of the contest up until that point but the Wales winger stormed down the left flank and Ronaldo pulled into space behind Lucas Hernandez, drilling a volley into the turf and beyond Oblak. But Atleti were soon level.

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Atletico's clearest chance of the first period arrived on the half-hour mark when Costa broke into the Real Madrid box, but the Brazilian-born Spain global saw his low strike saved by Los Blancos stopper Keylor Navas.

Real were more aggressive in the search for a late victor but Atleti dug in.

But it was skipper Sergio Ramos who nearly won it at the death when his free-kick looked to be heading into the top corner until Oblak got a hand to it.

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