Real rescue a point in Madrid derby

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Real Madrid battled back to force a 1-1 draw with city rivals Atletico Madrid to keep their LaLiga title hopes alive on Sunday evening.

Real welcomed back Karim Benzema from injury, while Rodrygo slotted in ahead of Isco in the crunch top-of-the-table Madrid derby.

Los Blancos trailed their city rivals following 15 minutes after Luis Suarez finished off a cunning ball from Marcos Llorente with the outside of the right boot.

Atleti were given a bit of defending shortly before the half-hour mark as a half-volley from the centre of the area by Carlos Casemiro worked a save off goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

However, the host regained pendulum a few minutes towards half-time and threatened a second with a volley from Suarez following a cross to the back-post but the Uruguayan fired wide.

Real appeared to have earned a penalty from a handball by Felipe two minutes to the break following a corner-kick, but after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review the referee waved away.

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The Colchoneros aimed for a fast start to the second period with Yannick Carrasco’s curling strike inside the area forcing a save off Thibaut Courtois before Llorente skied the rebound.

Courtois denied the host once again with a point-blank save from a low first-time shot by Suarez a little later from the near side of the area.

Real pulled on a double substitution in Federico Valverde and Vinicius Junior on 60 minutes in order to regain momentum.

Oblak was put to work in the last 12 minutes after he produced a double save from close-range to deny Benzema before parrying the Frenchman’s curling free-kick away.

Benzema would beat the opposite number in the last two minutes as he finished off a one-two with Casemiro to see the spoils shared.

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