Real Madrid were denied a first home win over Atletico Madrid in four attempts as Antoine Griezmann snatched a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
Pepe’s opener had looked likely to give the home side all three points and a major step towards a first LaLiga title since 2012, only for Griezmann to level matters five minutes from the end of normal time.
Atletico are the only team to have faced Zidane’s Madrid away from home and kept a clean sheet, while Diego Simeone’s side had won on their last three visits in the league, but they were second-best for the majority of a sun-baked encounter.
It took strong saves from Jan Oblak and a remarkable clearance from Stefan Savic following a Cristiano Ronaldo strike to keep the scores level in the first half, but Pepe made the home side’s pressure count with a fine header early in the second.
Atleti had offered little by way of a serious threat to the Madrid goal but they found an equaliser in the closing stages, with Griezmann slotting home his 15th league goal of the season.
The draw sees Madrid move three points clear of champions Barcelona, who face Malaga later on Saturday, but frustrations around the Bernabeu were clear at the end of Zidane’s 50th league match in charge.
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