Real Madrid 1 – 1 Atletico Madrid: Marcos Llorente’s stoppage-time strike denies Real Madrid derby victory

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Real Madrid squandered a chance to go four points clear at the top of LaLiga after conceding a stoppage-time equalizer against city rivals Atletico.

Brahim Diaz’s first goal looked set to ensure Real take full advantage of Girona’s 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the table.

But Marcos Llorente punished the home side for a lapse in concentration in the third minute of stoppage time when he headed beyond Andriy Lunin as a static defense looked on.

The result left Real Madrid two points behind Girona, who travel to the Bernabeu next weekend for a heart-pounding battle for top spot.

Real’s preparations for a third Madrid derby in less than a month suffered a major blow when Vinicius Junior was injured in the warm-up, but it was his substitute Diaz who opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a much-deserved goal. two happy deviations.

The first saw Diaz’s attempted pass to Jude Bellingham deflect to an unmarked Lucas Vazquez, who also attempted to play the ball back to the England midfielder for Koke to intercept. However, this only managed to divert the ball straight to Diaz and he had time and space for two touches before getting into the net behind Jan Oblak.

The visitors almost responded three minutes later, Axel Witsel’s header forcing a good save from Lunin and Stefan Savic glancing just wide from the resulting corner.

It was a warning that Real did not heed and Atlético were a little unlucky not to equalize just two minutes into the second half when Savic headed in Antoine Griezmann’s corner behind a standing Lunin.

The visitors’ celebrations were cut short, however, with Saul Niguez adjudged to have obstructed Lunin while standing in an offside position, even though the keeper appeared unable to keep the ball out of his net.

That sparked Real into life and Toni Kroos fired a well-timed volley straight at Oblak from 25 yards before Rodrygo pulled off a more difficult save from the visiting keeper while Diaz curled wide with his left after playing the ball through the legs of Mario. Beautiful.

But just when Carlo Ancelotti’s side looked to have secured all three points, a promising ball into the box from Savic was cleared by Memphis Depay and Llorente was quickest to react, curling a header into the top corner.

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