Real Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid with a late equalizer from Karim Benzema, extending their unbeaten streak in El Derbi to ten LaLiga games.
This season, Atleti is the best team in Spain’s top flight, but they have been second best in their city in recent years and were unable to end a poor run in this match on Sunday.
Luis Suarez’s 10th league goal against Madrid seemed to be enough to secure a crucial victory, but missed opportunities cost Diego Simeone’s side as the long-serving Atleti coach was denied a club-record 309th victory.
Benzema, who is healthy enough to captain the team again, made his 371st appearance in LaLiga, a record for Madrid’s non-Spanish players.
Benzema, fit to lead the team again, made his 371st LaLiga appearance – a record for Madrid’s non-Spanish players – with an 88th-minute equalizer to keep the champions in contention.
Madrid is still in third place, five points behind Atletico Madrid, but Barcelona, who beat Osasuna on Saturday, is now just three points behind the champions, who have just one win in five games in all competitions.
Although Madrid has a stronghold on their rivals, no player has scored more league goals against them than Suarez since his transfer to Spain in 2014, and the Uruguayan took advantage of the game’s first notable opportunity after 15 minutes.
Marcos Llorente got the better of Nacho halfway and advanced to slide through a pass that met Suarez’s well-timed sprint, resulting in a fine low finish around Thibaut Courtois.