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

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

Real Madrid were forced to settle for a point in the Madrid derby on Sunday, as Antoine Griezmann levelled for Atletico Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo had fired the hosts in front.

Atletico are unbeaten in their last five La Liga visits to the Bernabeu and on track to finish ahead of their neighbours for the second time in two decades, and Simeone said the fans should be proud.

Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal final second leg, Zidane rotated heavily, with Luka Modric and Karim Benzema among those rested.

The home side were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty after Toni Kroos went down under Juanfran's clumsy challenge two minutes later, and the Germany global let his frustration show when he was booked for a needless foul on Griezmann.

Oblak remained the busier of the two goalkeepers - tipping over a rising Ronaldo drive from 25 yards before getting down to thwart Raphael Varane following another set-piece lapse - but Keylor Navas saved excellently at his near post in the 29th minute, Koke having teed up Costa for a punt at giving Atleti the lead against the run of play.

It was Madrid who eventually went 1-0 up thanks to star man Ronaldo who struck in the 53rd minute.




Paris: Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann denied he had made a decision to join Barcelona next season, saying in an interview aired on French television on Sunday that such reports "were not good information".

It was the Frenchman's third Madrid derby goal in a row at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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.

Navas then had to keep out a strike from Koke as the visitors looked to complete the turnaround at the Bernabeu. Bale nearly had it but put a hard header wide, while Sergio Ramos nodded past from a corner and saw his curling free-kick tipped over by Jan Oblak.

Ronaldo volleyed home Gareth Bale's left-wing cross for his 20th goal in 10 club appearances.

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