Atletico holds Real Madrid 1-1 in fight for 2nd place

  • Atletico holds Real Madrid 1-1 in fight for 2nd place

Atletico holds Real Madrid 1-1 in fight for 2nd place

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

He sent a cross from Gareth Bale crashing past Jan Oblak on the volley, hitting the target for the 20th time in 10 games.

However, the lead lasted only four minutes as Griezmann struck back for the visitors, dispatching a finish confidently into the net from close range.

On Saturday Barcelona equalled a La Liga record in their win over Leganes.

The France worldwide was lurking when the ball spilled to him in the Real box and he celebrated his goal by performing the "Take the L" dance from popular video game Fortnite.

The Catalans will lift a 25th Liga title if they win four of their seven remaining games.

Asked whether his team-mates were the players happier with a point, France forward Griemzann replied: "Well, yes, but we wanted to win".

He set the ball rolling with just seven minutes played when he headed home Goncalo Guedes' cross at the far post, and Guedes, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Simone Zaza all went close to a second as the home side enjoyed much the better of the first half without finding a way past impressive keeper Pau Lopez. "We know very well that we will have to suffer again on Wednesday".

"I think we started to turn the screw a little bit on them after their goal".

Both sides searched for a goal that would give them bragging rights which proofed to be elusive.

Niguez nearly gave Atletico the lead in the 71st minute only to see his strike go just wide of the target.

Surprisingly, Ronaldo was withdrawn soon after that goal, much to the bemusement of the Bernabeu faithful, and with the Portuguese off the pitch, free-kick duties were left to Ramos who nearly snatched all three points in injury time when his set-piece destined for the top corner was clawed out by Oblak.

The home side had the first meaningful chance of the game just before the half-hour mark.

Sergio Ramos nearly snatched a win in injury time but his free-kick was brilliantly clawed out by Oblak to ensure that the points were shared in a result which leaves La Liga leaders Barcelona 11 points clear of Atletico with seven games remaining.

Levante took a big step toward avoiding demotion by defeating Las Palmas 2-1 with an injury-time victor by Jose Campana, opening an eight-point gap to the relegation zone with seven matches left.

Levante opened the scoring at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium with a goal by Jorge "Koke" Andujar in the 35th, but David Garcia equalized in the 50th before Campana calmly found the far corner for the victor in a late breakaway for the hosts.