MATCH RECAP

Madrid Derby ends in a draw

A late Benzema goal meant Sunday’s game against Real Madrid ended 1-1. Suárez had scored a beautiful goal in the first half.

Miguel Warren-Piper

Atleti drew 1-1 against Real Madrid on Sunday at the Wanda Metropolitano. Suárez and Benzema scored the goals.

Our team started the match with the right attitude and intensity – pressing high and attacking the visitors whenever possible. The performance paid off soon as Suárez opened the scoreboard 15’ in through a sensational finish. Llorente provided the assist that sent the Uruguayan through on goal with Courtois. We kept going despite taking the lead, with the same aggressiveness and high press, and Suárez came close to doubling our lead. Llorente, once again, provided the cross and our No. 9’s strike was saved by Courtois. Real Madrid had a penalty call towards the end of the first half, but it wasn’t given after a VAR review.

We had several massive chances after the break. The first was a double chance for Carrasco and Llorente. The Belgian’s shot was saved by the keeper and Llorente’s strike flew over the crossbar. Suárez was also very close to scoring moments later, but Courtois saved his team. Simeone made the first substitution 57’ in as Saúl came on for Lemar, who had made his 100th Atleti appearance. The second change came a few minutes later, when Carrasco – who completed a fantastic game – made way for Joao Félix. The visitors had a big chance to equalise, but Oblak answered with a spectacular double save. Kondogbia came on for Correa inside the last 10’ as we tried to hold on to our lead. Unfortunately, Benzema equalised in the dying minutes of the match as the derby ended 1-1. 

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