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Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 0: Zinedine Zidane’s side held to goalless draw against rivals to lose further ground on Barcelona

REAL MADRID and rivals Atletico played out a 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano to send Barcelona fans into delirium.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were unable to breakdown Diego Simeone’s men, as Barca now sit ten points clear of the pair after 12 games played.

 Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos suffered an injury to his nose in the first half

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Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos suffered an injury to his nose in the first half
 Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann reacts during the derby at the Wanda Metropolitano

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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann reacts during the derby at the Wanda Metropolitano
 Cristiano Ronaldo lies on the floor holding his face during the match

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Cristiano Ronaldo lies on the floor holding his face during the match

The game started off in blistering fashion, with Diego Simeone’s side squandering a key chance in the third minute.

Marcelo gifted the ball for Antoine Griezmann, but the French striker failed to capitalise, but immediately after Raphael Varane toe-poked the ball to Angel Correa, who only had Kiko Casilla to beat.

But the Argentinian forward’s dinked chip drifted just wide of the post.

It took until the 32nd minute for Los Blancos to have their first real chance of the match, which was almost a carbon-copy of the Correa attempt.

 Los Blancos goalkeeper Kiko Casilla punches the ball clear during the La Liga battle

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Los Blancos goalkeeper Kiko Casilla punches the ball clear during the La Liga battle
 Diego Simeone reacts during Atletico's clash against Real Madrid

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Diego Simeone reacts during Atletico’s clash against Real Madrid
 Dani Carvajal vies for the ball with Uruguayan defender Diego Godin

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Dani Carvajal vies for the ball with Uruguayan defender Diego Godin

Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos combined beautifully with a one-two, and the German midfielder’s lobbed attempt crept inches wide.

Sergio Ramos then spurned a great chance four minutes later, but he couldn’t direct his header on target after being found by Casemiro.

While the Spanish was on the ground, he took a kick to the face from Lucas Hernandez as blood poured from the centre-back’s nose.

It took until the 79th minute for the next big chance of the match, and it fell to the home side.

 Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire his side to victory against Atletico

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Cristiano Ronaldo failed to inspire his side to victory against Atletico

Substitutes Fernando Torres and Kevin Gameiro combined, with the French striker dinking an effort over Casilla, only for Varane to make a goal-line clearing header away.

From the resulting corer, Yannick Carrasaco volleyed a strike on goal, but Madrid talisman Ronaldo got in the way.

Kroos then tested Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak from distance in the 86th minute, with the Slovenian international spilling the ball, leading to Diego Godin to hastily clear away from the onrushing Ronaldo.

And the Portuguese striker was then left with his head in his hands after his late shot was blocked emphatically by defender Lucas.

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