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Real Madrid hold off Atletico into tight derby to grab top spot in La Liga

Last updated on September 29, 2019

Real Madrid recovered top spot in La Liga following a goalless derby using Atletico that watched them go above surprise bundle Granada and keep their small lead on a busy chasing bunch.

Unbeaten Real is a point before encouraged Granada and Atletico Madrid later Diego Simeone’s side failed to crack their well-drilled regional competitions, whose tumultuous performance in the Wanda Metropolitano was deserving of the stage they obtained.

“These games with Atletico are extremely physical, this is among the most difficult reasons we must see throughout the entire year,” Real captain Sergio Ramos informed broadcaster Movistar on Saturday.

“It was challenging to create opportunities in attack since they leave such a small space. The purpose does little for us as we desired the three more.” Actual are a further point before fourth-placed Barcelona, who obtained a hard-fought battle at Getafe 2-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Junior, and Real Sociedad, that will go top on Sunday when they defeat a Sevilla side down in eighth but only five points behind Zidane’s leaders.

On a night of several straightforward chances, Atletico likely had the best chances but failed to check Thibaut Courtois at the actual target, while the offside attracted a few nice saves from Jan Oblak in their forays forward.

The top arrived 15 minutes in the ending, once the Slovenian stopper got down brightly into his left to palm away Karim Benzema’s strong header by a Nacho cross.

Only seconds before Atletico had arrived to within inches of opening the scoring when Saul Niguez fulfilled a corner with a header which flashed just past the vertical.

“It turned out to be a regular rescue for a goalkeeper,” explained Oblak.

“It had been well-placed but that I could see the ball and that I expect it is always like this — the fewer aims we allow in the better it’s for everybody.”

Granada had transferred briefly high in La Liga before the derby following Antonio Puertas’ first-half hit saw them squeeze beyond rock-bottom Leganes.

Puertas crashed his long-time winner to an empty net after Juan Soriano had come charging from his objective to shut Roberto Soldado before the half-hour mark.

“This game was crucial for all of us to rid ourselves of this feeling of not being able to win off,” said Valverde.

“We did not play well in the first half but after we took the direct they essentially did not have many opportunities.”

Nevertheless, he showed his course when he hurried from his objective to prevent a Getafe assault prior to starting a high-value pass across the home side’s dozing defence to Suarez, who calmly lobbed the opener over David Soria.

“Occasionally when moves come off like that the goalkeeper is simply draining the ball. I don’t know whether that’s the situation here, but he brings us a great deal,” additional Valverde.

The triumph was Barca’s moment per week as they try to recuperate from an unhappy beginning that contributed to questions surrounding Valverde’s future.

Athletic Bilbao dropped for the first time this year at home to emergency club Valencia, who awakened their second win of this season because of Denis Cheryshev’s 27th second attack.

But despite enthusiast and player anger in Lim’s conclusion, two pulls and a win following their shock victory in Chelsea in the Champions League have them on nine things.