Atletico 1-1 Real Madrid: Benzema’s late equaliser denies all three points to league leaders

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The Madrid derby ended in a draw after Karim Benzema netted a late equaliser.

Atletico Madrid has been held to a 1-1 draw by rivals Real Madrid, with Karim Benzema netting a late equaliser.

Rojiblancos’ fortunes have taken an abrupt turn of late after picking up only one win in their last five games across all competitions. However, they gained back their momentum with a win against Villarreal.

Real Madrid were coming off a draw against Real Sociedad but their impressive record against Diego Simeone’s men meant that the derby was always up for the grab.

Luis Suarez put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute with a brilliant outside of the boot finish after getting assisted by Marcos Llorente. The Uruguayan striker has been impressive for Rojiblancos this season, racking up 17 goals in La Liga, which is the second-highest after Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid were proactive in the final quarter of the game, with Karim Benzema forcing a double save from Jan Oblak. When many predicted that Los Blancos were done for the day, Benzema came to the rescue, this time the Frenchman was able to beat Oblak.

The French striker’s late equaliser left Simeone’s men in utter disappointment as they dropped points once again in the crucial stage of the season.

Zinedine Zidane would be happy to see his side snatch a point and he believes that Atletico can be knocked off their perch

Now, the title race looks wide open with all of Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid would look to edge each other out to become the new leaders of Spain.