Real Madrid 0-0 Atletico Madrid: Real miss chance to go top
Last Updated: 29/09/18 9:51pm
Real Madrid missed the chance to go top of La Liga after a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday night.
Following Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao, a draw would have put Julen Lopetegui's side top of the league, but both goalkeepers were on top as Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak made fine stops.
The result means Real are second, level on points with leaders Barcelona but behind on goal difference, while Atletico Madrid stay fourth with 12 points from seven games.
Real Madrid: Courtois (8), Carvajal (6), Ramos (6), Varane (6), Nacho (6), Kroos (6), Casemiro (5), Asensio (7), Modric (6), Bale (6), Benzema (5)
Subs: Ceballos (7), Lucas (NA), Vinicius Jr (NA)
Atletico Madrid: Oblak (8), Juanfran (7), Gimenez (8), Godin (8), Filipe Luis (6), Koke (6), Rodrigo (7), Saul (7), Lemar (6), Costa (5), Griezmann (6)
Subs: Correa (6), Thomas (6), Kalinic (NA)
Man of the match: Jose Gimenez
Both teams had their chances in the first half as Courtois made two fine saves in the Real goal.
First, the former Atletico man denied Antoine Griezmann as he raced through on goal early on, before making a similar save with his trailing arm from Diego Costa at an acute angle.
Real had most of the ball in the first half, with Gareth Bale going closest as his cross-shot fell inches wide of the far post from Toni Kroos' free-kick.
Bale was taken off at half time with a minor muscle injury, and his replacement Dani Ceballos created a fine chance for Marco Asensio on the right of the box, but his shot was brilliantly kept out by Oblak.
Real pushed late on, but Atletico Madrid's defence held firm, with Jose Gimenez particularly impressive alongside Uruguayan team-mate Diego Godin.
Real go to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night, before a trip to Alaves in La Liga on Saturday. Atletico host Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday, and then host Real Betis on Sunday afternoon in La Liga.