As the derby matches are known for their thrill and exquisite gameplays, Saturday night’s Madrid Derby won’t be there in our memories for a long time as it seemed. Both the teams played defensive football and lost their chances of being at the top of the table ahead of FC Barcelona who drew with Athletico Bilbao earlier that day. Here are five talking points from the match.
1. Bale’s injury streak begins with his old thigh injury :
Bale picked up a thigh injury at the dying minutes of the first half. Gareth has been facing similar hamstring injuries over the past few years. He was expected to fill the void created after Cristiano left as he kicked off the campaign with style scoring 3 goals. Though his depleting performance graph was observed against Sevilla mid-week and his injury will be of great concern to gaffer Lopetegui now.
2. Atletico Madrid’s penalty chance disallowed :
Atletico Madrid won a probable penalty in the 31st minute after Saul tried to put in a cross which was veered off of Casemiro’s arm. For the red and whites who were in charge of the game faced an unlucky and unfair situation. After the introduction of VAR in Laliga, it was a situation for it’s usage. Atletico created several other chances in the game but failed to take the lead.
3. Real gained momentum very late :
Real Madrid, who had a tiring mid week never seemed to score. They lacked the attacking zeal to score past their opponents. This was the first time since 2011 that Real Madrid failed to score in successive La Liga matches. Real did see a slight spark in their display after the introduction of Vinicius Junior at the 88th minute. He maintained his reputation of being an energetic forward. He is the first 2000 born kid to play for Spanish giants Real Madrid in a competitive match.
4. Oblak’s consistent performances :
Jan Oblak was the replacement for the Belgian, Thibaut Courtois, summoned back by his parent club Chelsea having been on loan with Atletico. He handled the responsibility amusingly as he is one of the top goalkeepers in the world right now. He made two sensational saves at 50th and 66th minute. There was a moment in the match where he mistakenly passed the ball to Asensio but could recover because of his stunning reflex.
5. A game of Goalkeepers :
Both the goalkeepers justified their duties as they had a sensational match last night. Both the keepers kept a clean sheet and displayed some robust saves. Though Atletico clearly had better chances of winning the game as they created many chances. Costa played some key passes to Griezman to open the scoring sheet. Lemar and Partey also played their part. Real Madrid a long time in the match looked like they were holding on with the clearer chances falling to Atletico. Despite Real Madrid dominating possession, Atletico had their opportunities to put the game to bed.