Madrid, Feb 4 (EFE). – A Marcos Llorente goal in extra time prevented Real Madrid from winning the derby against Atletico Madrid (1-1), leaving Real Madrid with only a two-point difference from second in the table and his next rival Girona FC.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side virtually tasted victory with a first-half goal from Brahim Diaz.
They were in complete control of the game, but their shortcomings were exposed when Dani Carvajal was forced to play as a central defender at the end of the game, allowing Memphis Depay to head the ball into the net unchallenged.
The absence of central defenders Militao, David Alaba, and Antonio Rudiger, as well as Aurelien Tchouameni, Ancelotti’s backup in that area, meant that Carvajal had to play alongside Nacho.
To make matters worse, the absence of Brazilian Vinicius was confirmed shortly before the match.
Nevertheless, Brahim, who took Vini’s place, was the one who scored and signed with his goal the best performance of Real Madrid.
Atletico kept its eyes on the prize, even with the controversy, after an anulled goal after the intervention of the VAR for interference of Saul Ñiguez in the shot of Montenegrin Stefan Savic and with penalties claimed by the locals that the referee did not grant.
Thus, the fourth derby of the season ended in a draw that left a bad taste in the mouth of Real Madrid, whose advantage over Girona could have been four points, but remains at two before the Catalan team’s visit to the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, and the difference concerning Barcelona falls to eight and over Atletico remains at ten. EFE