Griezmann responds to Ronaldo

April 09, 2018
Griezmann

 

MADRID (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 650th time in his career yesterday 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 Real Madrid 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu to keep a four-point lead over their city rivals in the fight for second place in the Spanish league.

The result benefited league leaders 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 have finished third behind either Barcelona or Real 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."

 

650 CAREER GOAL

 

Madrid haven't finished worse than second since 2014, when they trailed Atletico and Barcelona.

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 equalised 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," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "But in the end we also could have lost the match. This is how it goes in football."

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