SMA NEWS – MADRID
There was more of the same in the latest Madrid derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Again, Real Madrid avoided defeat. Again, Atletico Madrid complained about the refereeing.
Madrid scored late to draw 1-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday, and extend their unbeaten streak against the city rival at home to seven years.
Atletico played with 10 men from the 64th minute after forward Angel Correa was shown a disputed red card for elbowing Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger.
Teenage Madrid striker Alvaro Rodríguez scored in the 85th minute after Atletico opened through Jose Maria Gimenez in the 78th and was poised to end its winless drought at the Bernabéu dating to 2016.
The draw left Madrid seven points behind Barcelona ahead of the latter’s match at relegation-threatened Almeria on Sunday.
The result kept Atletico, unbeaten in the Spanish league since early January, from moving to third place ahead of Real Sociedad, which lost at struggling Valencia 1-0 late Saturday. Atletico stayed one point behind the Basque Country team.