Spanish La Liga
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid2Real MadridReal Madrid2
By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a late equaliser as title rivals Real Madrid and Atletico shared a draw in a fiercely contested derby at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Karim Benzema stabbed in early on to give Real the lead but Koke equalised with a low finish.

Atletico captain Gabi then put the home side ahead just before the break with a stunning long-range strike.

However, Ronaldo swept in late on to ensure Real took a point.

Carlo Ancelotti's side remain top of the standings but move on to 64 points, one ahead of Barcelona, who defeated Almeria 4-1 on Sunday.

The stage was set for a thrilling encounter between these two city rivals as Atletico, three points off the top at the start of the day, went into the game yet to taste defeat on home soil in the league this season while Real were unbeaten in their previous 27 games.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale struggled to exert himself in the game but Real Madrid were able to extend their unbeaten run to 28 games.

Atletico's fine home record was immediately put under threat when Real stunned the vociferous home crowd with the opener after three minutes.

Angel Di Maria curled a cross towards the far post where Benzema had peeled away from Atletico defenders and poked out a foot to stab the ball beyond goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

It was a real blow for the home side, but to their credit they looked to respond immediately and Diego Costa was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when the striker appeared to be brought down by Sergio Ramos, but the referee waved away the protests.

Benzema stung the hands of Courtois with a volley, before Ronaldo's inventive back-heel was scooped away by the Atletico keeper as Real looked to capitalise on the home side's misfortune.

Just as it looked as though Real would stamp their authority on the game, Atletico snatched an equaliser as Arda Turan slipped a smart ball through the defence for Koke and the Spain midfielder shot across visiting keeper Diego Lopez and into the far corner.

That goal swiftly changed the complexion of the game as the home side started to take control. Gareth Bale had yet to assert himself in the fixture while, one early chance aside, Ronaldo had also been surprisingly quiet.

Atletico Madrid"s second coach Burgos argues with referee Delgado Ferreiro
Atletico Madrid assistant coach German Burgos argues with referee Delgado Ferreiro.

It looked as though the two sides would head into the break level but a stunning strike by Gabi on the stroke of half time put Atletico ahead. The midfielder rifled a 30-yard effort beyond Lopez's dive and into the back of the net.

After a frenetic first half, clear cut chances were harder to come by in the second, although the match continued to be fiercely contested and a booking for Costa after he fell under a challenge just outside the area prompted a furious touchline reaction from Atletico assistant coach German Burgos.

Atletico could have sealed the win but for a fine save from Lopez who reacted quickly to tip Turan's header over at the near post.

It was to prove a pivotal intervention by Lopez as, with just eight minutes left, Daniel Carvajal's low cross evaded Atletico defenders and Ronaldo swept in to secure a point for Real.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 4Suárez
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 39mins
  • 6Koke
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 64mins
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 10TuranBooked at 11minsSubstituted forRodríguezat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 9Villa
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 21Ribas da Cunha
  • 22Insúa
  • 24Sosa

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 67minsSubstituted forCarvajalat 71'minutes
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoSubstituted forMarceloat 59'minutes
  • 14Alonso
  • 3PepeBooked at 39mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 19Modric
  • 22Di MaríaSubstituted forIscoat 72'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 11Bale
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 2Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 15Carvajal
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
Attendance:
54,600

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 2, Real Madrid 2.

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    Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Dangerous play by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marcelo.

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    Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Raúl García.

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    Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

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    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Arda Turan.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 2, Real Madrid 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

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    Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.