The last Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium was more of the same.
Once again, Real Madrid avoided defeat. And again Atletico Madrid complained about the refereeing.
Madrid scored late to play to a 1-1 draw in the Spanish championship on Saturday and extend their unbeaten streak against city rivals at home to seven years.
Atletico played ten from the 64th minute after striker Angel Correa was shown a controversial red card for elbowing Madrid defender Antonio Rüdiger.
Nothing new at the Bernabeu, Atletico tweeted after the match. He also complained about the refereeing after the Copa del Rey loss at the Bernabeu last month.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said Correa’s actions were not harsh enough to merit a red card.
There was contact, but it was not a punch, Simeone said. Rüdiger immediately got up. It may have been a yellow, but it wasn’t enough to take a player out of the game. There wouldn’t be any player left if they always called it that way. It happens all the time against us, it’s become the norm, and it’s wrong. It would be nice if we could compete under the same conditions. Every time we come here, the calls go against us.
Atletico also tweeted a picture of the bloody leg of whoever he called our aggressor during the match. Still nothing new at the Bernabeu, she added.
Five derbies in a row with a red card, Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak said. Maybe we’ll start the next match with ten men.
Teenage striker Alvaro Rodriguez scored in the 85th minute after Atletico opened the scoring with an assist from Jose Maria Gimenez in the 78th minute and was ready to end his unbeaten streak at the Bernabeu since 2016.
The draw left Madrid seven points behind Barcelona before the latter’s Sunday match against relegation-threatened Almería.
It was hard before this match, and now it could get even harder, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. All we can do is keep fighting until the last match.
Madrid defeated Liverpool 5-2 in the Champions League and were trying to win their sixth consecutive match in all competitions.
The result prevented Atletico, unbeaten in the Spanish championship since early January, from advancing to third place ahead of Real Sociedad, which in conce Saturday, they lost away to Valencia 1-0. Atletico remained one point behind the team from the Basque Country.
In the previous derby in January, also at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid won and qualified for the Copa
Again, Real Madrid avoided defeat. And again Atletico Madrid complained about the refereeing.
Madrid scored lDani Ceballos should have been suspended for a hard foul when Atletico was in front.
On Saturday, Atletico defender Reynildo injured his right knee midway through the first half and was carried off on a stretcher.
Before the match, Madrid honored Amancio Amaro, the club’s great player of the 1960s and ’70s, who died last week.
On Thursday, Madrid hosts Barcelona in the first match of the Copa del Rey semifinals. On Saturday, Atletico hosts Sevilla in the championship.
Valencia Wins Again
Valencia defeated Sociedad, ending a six-match losing streak in all competitions and leaving the relegation zone.
Valencia’s first league win since the start of the World Cup lifted the club to 17th place, one point from the relegation zone. The victory came from a goal scored by Sociedad midfielder Igor Zubeldia in the 40th minute.
This was Valencia’s second match under new coach Ruben Baraja.
Before the match, thousands of Valencia fans again protested against Singaporean owner Peter Lim. The crowd at the Mestalla stadium also booed Lim and called for him to leave the club.
Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite scored in each half as Espanyol beat Mallorca 2-1 and moved even further away from the relegation zone.
Espanyol, ranked 12th, won two consecutive league games for the first time this season.
CADIS TRIVES AT HOME
Sergi Guardiola scored in the 74th minute as Cadiz beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0.
Cadiz has not won at home in the league for nine games. The southern club was three points above the relegation zone.
Rayo remained in sixth place.
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