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Draw in the Derby

MATCH REPORT. 25/02/2023. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Antonio Villalba, Helios de la Rubia, Víctor Carretero and María Jiménez

Atlético took the lead with a goal by Giménez and academy player Álvaro equalised with a header for Real Madrid.

The derby ended in a draw. Both goals came in the second half and both were from set pieces. Atlético took the lead in the 78th minute with a free kick taken by Griezmann and headed home by Giménez. The equaliser came in the 85th minute. Modrić put in a corner and youth product Álvaro beat Oblak with a beautiful header.

There was very little danger created in the first half, which was played with little pace. The first chance was for the Whites; Asensio's long-range shot in the 9th minute was repelled with some difficulty by Oblak. Atlético's response came 13 minutes later, once again from a long-range effort from Carrasco, who was at a tight angle, Courtois did well to block the attempt.

Video.1-1: Draw in the Derby

The game continued in the same way after the re-start. Ancelotti’s men enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but it was Atlético who carved out the first real opening of the second half when Griezmann drilled in a low shot from the edge of the area, which narrowly missed the far post in the 61st minute. Two minutes later Valverde latched onto a bouncing ball, but he fired his effort off target.  The visitors were then reduced to ten men when Correa was given his marching orders after an elbow on Rüdiger.

As the minutes ticked away Atlético opened the scoring from a set-piece. Griezmann swung in a free-kick and Giménez rose highest to head the ball into the net on 78’. The madridistas now had it all to do and they almost got back on level terms through Tchouameni (84’) and then Camavinga, but they were both denied by Oblak. The Whites grabbed the equaliser from the resulting corner kick. Modrić floated in a ball which was met by Álvaro who leapt superbly to nod in off the far post to claim his first ever goal on his first-team debut at the Santiago Bernabéu. The hosts piled on the pressure in the closing minutes but couldn’t find the winning goal.




The referee

Gil Manzano (Extremadura Committee), assisted on the sidelines by Nevado Rodríguez and Martínez Nicolás. Conejero Sánchez was the fourth official and Jaime Latre (Aragon Committee) was the video assistant referee.