Real Madrid needed yet another late goal to rescue them as an 88th-minute strike from Karim Benzema earned a 1-1 draw with league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Atletico quickly took control of the game and had Real pinned back early on, and Luis Suarez gave them a deserved lead in the 15th minute with a composed finish. Real had a few half-chances and saw an appeal for a penalty controversially ruled out by VAR – one of those unintentional handballs that VAR usually loves to give – but it was Atleti who ended the first half on top.
Diego Simeone’s side remained on top after the break and should have doubled their lead early on, only for Thibaut Courtois to pull off a handful of excellent saves. It took Real about 70 minutes to take control of the game, and after some excellent saves from Jan Oblak, Los Blancos eventually got their equaliser as Karim Benzema tapped home from close range to earn his side a share of the spoils.
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Luis Suarez (ST) – 7/10 – Didn’t get too many chances but did his job when called upon. Showed excellent movement and composure to open the scoring.