ATM VS RMA: HAZARD, FELIX FAIL TO SHINE AS REAL MADRID KEEP TOP SPOT IN LA LIGA

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HAZARD, FELIX
HAZARD AND FELIX
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano for the first Madrid derby of the season. Both teams summer signing Joao Felix and Eden Hazard failed to shine in their first official Madrid derby which ended in stalemate.
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Diego Simeone made two changes to his side that beat Real Mallorca during the week. Gimenez and Trippier came into the defence line to replace Arias and Felipe. Felix and Costa continue to lead the line in front of an unchanged midfield while Zinedine Zidane recalled his starting forwards back into the fold, leading the line with Benzema, Bale and Hazard for the derby match. All three players were rested against Osasuna, but werte brought back into the team. Courtois reclaimed his place between the sticks from Areola, who drops to the bench. Carvajal and Varane also returned to the back four in place of Alvaro Odriozola and Eder Militao, with the latter dropping to the bench.
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Both Madrid clubs started the game well with Real Madrid enjoying the possession while the Atletico were finding space to create a clear cut chance in the opponents box. The Rojiblancos got the best chance early in the game throuh Joao Felix. Costa releases the Portuguese forward behind the Madrid defence into the right inside channel. The 19-year-old took a low strike across goal first time, but he can only place his effort wide of the post.
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With both teams failing to create quality chances, Real Madrid registered the first shot on target in the game after 38 minutes of play but Kroos effort was saved by Oblak. It didn’t take long for the Los Blancos to test Atletic once again but Oblak was alert to push Kroos effort past the post.
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Simeone’s men tested Courtois for the first time in the game after Partey sends Trippier into acres of space down the right and the right-back waits for his team-mates to arrive in the middle. He fires a low ball across the face of goal, but Courtois reads the danger to palm it away from the run of Felix at the back post. The action ended the first 45 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano.
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The second half started just how the first half ended with both teams trying to pounce on the opponent’s mistake but Real Madrid were the better side in creating chances but Bale failed to capitalise on both chances.
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Both coaches made tactical chances in the second period with Simeone bringing on an attacking Lemar in place of left fullback Renan Lodi while Zidane opted for the veteran midfielder Luka Modric who just came back from injury. The former Tottenham midfielder had an immediate impact in the game but his cross in Atletico’s half went wide.
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Real Madrid got the first shot on target in the second 45 minutes courtesy of a Benzema’s header. Oblak gets down to deny to Benzema as his powerful header almost finds the net. The Frenchman rises highest to head at goal from Nacho’s cross. However, Oblak gets down to his left to palm it away from goal. A super stop from the Atletico keeper.
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The game ended with no goal with Real Madrid being the happy side being that they keep the top spot on the log with Real Sociedad yet to play. If the Basque side secure all three points against Sevilla then Zidane’s led side will occupy the second place.
Both teams will now turn their attention to the Champions League with Atletico looking for their first win against Lokomotiv Moscow while Real Madrid will welcome Club Brugge to the Bernabeu.
LINEUP:
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Renan Lodi; Vitolo, Saul Niguez, Koke, Thomas Partey; Joao Felix, Diego Costa.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Antonio Adan, Santiago Arias, Angel Correa, Thomas Lemar, Marcos Llorente, Hector Herrera, Felipe.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Federico Valverde; Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Eder Militao, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Jovic, Vinicius Junior.

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