Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone hails Antoine Griezmann after derbi leveller

Ronaldo trained with his team-mates on Saturday ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico

Ronaldo trained with his team-mates on Saturday ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico

Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann each scored Sunday as Atletico Madrid held Real Madrid 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to keep a four-point lead over their city rival in the fight for second place in the Spanish league.

Zinedine Zidane has never beaten Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu in La Liga as manager, with Diego Simeone's side having won three and drawn one of their last four league visits.

Since Atletico's resurgence Real have dominated the head-to-head figures in Champions League clashes between these two sides but it is Diego Simeone's team who have the better share of victories in the league.

Ernesto Valverde's team are are now 11 points clear with just seven games left to play.

Griezmann indicated last month that he would decide on a move before the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, which start on June 14.

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After a rather cagey affair early on, it was Madrid who went very close through Marco Asensio but he was denied from close range by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The home side were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty after Toni Kroos went down under Juanfran's clumsy challenge two minutes later, and the Germany worldwide let his frustration show when he was booked for a needless foul on Griezmann.

The home side ended the first period on the front foot, and came close to taking the lead in the 42nd minute when Marcelo curled the ball towards the top corner, but the left-back's effort rattled the woodwork before Oblak kept out a strike from Vazquez moments later. The former Chelsea forward was released clean through on goal by a deft flick from Koke but his low shot at the near post was brilliantly stopped by Keylor Navas.

Madrid remain four points further back in third, unable to close the gap on their neighbours despite Cristiano Ronaldo volleying in his 22nd goal in the fixture in the 53rd minute.

Ronaldo volleyed home Gareth Bale's left-wing cross for his 20th goal in 10 club appearances. Bale nearly had it but put a hard header wide, while Sergio Ramos nodded past from a corner and saw his curling free-kick tipped over by Oblak.

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