Real Madrid, Atletico jostled by, saved little in first place of the Spanish Championship on equalization Cristiano Ronaldo (2-2) on Sunday for the 26th day, a void that allows the FC Barcelona, winner of Almeria (4-1) return to a point.
The “White House” is undefeated in 2014. But in an intense and breathless derby, the “Atleti” has long been threatened with a commitment to each moment and two splendid goals Koke (28) Gabi (45 +1).
Real, who had opened the scoring thanks to Karim Benzema (3), almost sinking into the bubbling stage Vicente Calderon before a saving of Ronaldo hits his head so the water (82).
With 64 points, Carlo Ancelotti’s men retain control but now have a step ahead of Barca (2nd), who has spent most against Almeria with Alexis Sanchez (9), Lionel Messi ( 24), Carles Puyol (83) and Xavi (89).
Three weeks clasico Real Barca, this small point may be worth a lot of money if things remain as they are, the Catalans travel to the Bernabeu with the obligation to be required to take the lead.
“A point is a point, Ancelotti responded. We must simply because the match was difficult. The Atletico played a tough game. “
Breathtaking in the Champions League against Schalke 04 (6-1), Real was believed to have done the hard part by opening the scoring with Benzema, only the second post on a corner in two stages (3).
But the “Atleti” was immediately revolted, has reduced the Real and Diego Costa forced Sergio Ramos in a highly contentious involvement in the surface (10), but the referee does not stumble.
Despite this forgotten penalty, it was a matter of time: the Calderon stadium shouted his joy when the young Koke equalized immaculate cross hits (28), and when Gabi sent a shot from more than 35 meters below the bar (45 +1).
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In the second half, men Diego Simeone missed the final thrust, biting fingers when untenable Costa, alone with the keeper, his shot was too cross (51).
And Real, pushing the end of the match, finally avoided sinking through the start of his double Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo inherited a ball to the edge of the area and scored his 23rd goal in La Liga this season , to the relief camp Merengue (82).
“We had opportunities to win, but what matters to me a lot, it’s the content, said Simeone. The team showed that she was alive. “
In fact, Atletico remain in ambush in third place, three points behind Real and two FC Barcelona.
Against Almeria (17th), the Catalans were keen to clear their rout last weekend against Real Sociedad in San Sebastian (3-1). Without coach Gerardo Martino, and suspended platform, they found the liveliness in the game but also much spoil, including an unusually clumsy Neymar.
Barca quickly took advantage of the Chilean Alexis Sanchez, on the lookout for a rebound off the keeper (9). Then Messi scored a stunning free-kick (24) to match the French duo Benzema Griezmann the scorer (15 goals).
Barca started but seemed Almeria reduced the score by Angel Trujillo kick off (27), low recurring item Catalans, and worried the opposing defense on several counterattacks, to the point that almost thought it was a Catalan relapse.
But Barca, who missed several very good chances, finally made the break through Carles Puyol (83), opportunistic, and a wonder strike from Xavi (89).
“Maybe it was not our best game, said Fabregas micro Barça TV. But it allowed us to find our sensations, Regout to victory and to reduce the gap.”