Saturday, September 22, 2018 | ePaper

BREAKING NEWS:

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

  • Print
AP, Madrid :
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 650th time in his career on Sunday but Antoine Griezmann responded with a goal of his own to leave Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid even in a city derby that allowed Barcelona to move closer to the Spanish league title.
Atletico held Madrid 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to keep a four-point lead over its city rival in the fight for second place. Valencia later defeated Espanyol 1-0 to move past Madrid for third place, and within three points of Atletico.
The draw at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium benefited league leader Barcelona, which defeated Leganes 3-1 on Saturday with a hat trick by Lionel Messi to stay 11 points in front of Atletico at the top with seven matches left.
Atletico won La Liga in 2013-14 but has finished third behind either Barcelona or Madrid in all other years since 2012-13, which was the team's first full season under coach Diego Simeone.
"I'm not happy because we wanted to win, we wanted the three points to try to stay close to Barcelona," Simeone said. "We needed more. Our goal is always to try to do the best we can against the powerhouses of Real Madrid and Barcelona. As an Atletico fan I would have been proud of how we have been competing against them."
Madrid hasn't finished worse than second since 2014, when it trailed Atletico and Barcelona. Before then, the last time it failed to finish in the top two was in 2003-04, when it was fourth behind Valencia, Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna.
Ronaldo opened the scoring with his 650th career goal - for clubs and country - early in the second half with a shot from near the far post after a long cross by Gareth Bale from the left flank.
Griezmann equalized less than five minutes later with a strike from near the penalty spot after a move started by Vitolo inside the area.
"We deserved more, it's a shame," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "But in the end we also could have lost the match. This is how it goes in football."
Of Ronaldo's 650 goals, 446 came with Madrid, 118 with Manchester United, 81 with Portugal and five with Sporting Lisbon.
Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions, including his acclaimed bicycle kick in the 3-0 first-leg win at Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals midweek.  

More News For this Category

Benfica old boy Sanches stars in Bayern win

Renato Sanches received a standing ovation from Benfica fans after he scored against his old club to inspire Bayern Munich to a 2-0 win in their opening Champions League fixture

Man City given Champions League wake-up call by Lyon

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admitted the English champions were handed a wake-up call in a shock 2-1 home defeat by Lyon to start their Champions League campaign on

We aim to play SAFF U-16 Women's final: Choton

We aim to play SAFF U-16 Women's final: Choton

Bangladesh U-18 national women's football team head coach Golam Rabanni Choton said they aim to play the final of the SAFF U-18 Women's Championship which is scheduled to be held

Lucas Silva of Brazil's Cruzeiro (left) and Nahitan Nandez of Argentina's Boca Juniors vie for the ball during a Copa Libertadores quarterfinal soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday.

Lucas Silva of Brazil's Cruzeiro (left) and Nahitan Nandez of Argentina's Boca Juniors vie for the ball during a Copa Libertadores quarterfinal soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday.

Madrid start CL life after Ronaldo with easy win over Roma

Madrid start CL life after Ronaldo with easy win over Roma

AP, Madrid :Real Madrid showed it can still compete in the Champions League (CL) even without Cristiano Ronaldo.In its first Champions League match without the star forward in nearly a

Pogba propels Man United to victory against Young Boys

Pogba propels Man United to victory against Young Boys

AFP, Switzerland :Paul Pogba's brilliant opening goal was the catalyst as Manchester United overcame a difficult start to beat Young Boys 3-0 in Bern in their opening Champions League game

Firmino stuns PSG as Messi's routine brilliance marks start of Champions League

Firmino stuns PSG as Messi's routine brilliance marks start of Champions League

Roberto Firmino's last-gasp strike gave Liverpool a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in a thrilling encounter on the opening night of the UEFA Champions League group stage on Tuesday, after

Griezmann and Costa combine as Atletico undo Monaco

Griezmann and Costa combine as Atletico undo Monaco

AFP, Monaco :Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Monaco 2-1 in their Champions League Group A opener on Tuesday with star strikers Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann detonating the

Red Star's Marko Marin (center) is challenged by Napoli forward Jose Callejon (left) and Fabian Ruiz, during the Champions League group C soccer match between Red Star and Napoli, in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday.

Red Star's Marko Marin (center) is challenged by Napoli forward Jose Callejon (left) and Fabian Ruiz, during the Champions League group C soccer match between Red Star and Napoli, in Belgrade, Serbia on Tuesday.

China's 'Maradona': The 'Soccer Nut' still going strong at 63

China's 'Maradona': The 'Soccer Nut' still going strong at 63

AFP, Hangzhou :Friends call him "Maradona" and Chinese media have dubbed him "Soccer Nut" - Zhao Chongshan is 63 but he still plays football three times a week and has