Ronaldo misfires once again as Real Madrid survive Madrid derby against Atletico

Diego Simeone and Zinedine Zidane saw their side execute a tactical masterclass as Atletico and Real played a goalless draw in the first Madrid derby of the season. Both sides looked liked they were playing for a draw and that was what they got as Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann’s struggles upfront continued. Chances were at a minimum in the first half with only one clear cut opportunity for both side. Angel Correa capitalized on a defensive error but his lob over Casilla in goal could not punish Los Blancos.

Angel Correa could not capitalize on an early error to give Atletico the lead.

Toni Kroos was fed by Cristiano Ronaldo but he also could not beat Oblak at the near post. Atletico captain Gabi volleyed in from 35 yards out but his effort swerved just wide with Casilla beaten in goal. Antoine Griezmann taking on defender Varane in the Madrid derby.

The second half was a more open affair for both sides as they created chances.

Cristiano Ronaldo was twice denied in the final ten minutes as Lucas Hernandez made great sliding tackles to deny the Portuguese.

Kevin Gameiro also had an effort cleared off the line by Raphael Varane as Atletico piled on the pressure in the final 15 minutes. Real and Atletico remain third and fourth respectively on the table on 24 points, ten behind Barcelona.