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Madrid Soccer Derby Ends in Frustrating Goalless Draw

MADRID Ė A Madrid derby that ended in a scoreless draw, the first in history at Wanda Metropolitano stadium, boosted doubts about Atletico and Real Madrid, not at their best at this stage of the season, farther than ever from the top of La Liga with Barcelona 10 points ahead of them, and having to settle for a tie in a frustrating duel from which both came out the losers.

The match was tense but not very precise, and was played under the pressure piled on by Barcelona hours before. They saw BarÁaís growing La Liga lead before the game began while feeling all the pressure a derby entails.

The errors began with a gift from Realís Raphael Varane to Atleticoís Correa, after which the Argentine wasted a seemingly easy score by booting the ball wide. A mistake by the defense compensated by a mistake by the offense at minute 3 Ė and things didnít get any better.

So Atletico didnít score, seeming insecure this season in the final meters (yards) to goal where matches are won, and also with evident problems in setting up scoring opportunities in a way almost never seen in the Simone era.

Then at minute 46, Real Madrid lost Sergio Ramos to what looked like a broken nose after taking a boot in the face.

Meanwhile the Barcelona team, which beat Leganes several hours before, was delighted to be even more solidly ensconced at the top of the classification, thanks to an outcome in the frustrating Real Madrid-Atletico derby, so poorly played and leaving them two more points behind BarÁa, which now leads both by 10.

 

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