Simeone proud at Atletico's Madrid derby fight

"I don't understand the concept of the guard of honour and so we aren't going to do it. Barca broke with the tradition", Zidane said in a news conference. We have many games, that's it.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring early in the second half with a shot from near the far post after a long cross by Gareth Bale from the left flank. However, Real have a healthy lead in the tie, making it something of a odd move by the Real Madrid boss.

Zidane then raised eyebrows by making an apparently pre-planned substitution, as Karim Benzema came on for Ronaldo.

The most likely explanation is that Zidane was simply giving Ronaldo a breather ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday.

Yet the Madrid derby draw only pushes Barcelona closer to winning the league title as second-placed Atletico now trail Ernesto Valverde's runaway leaders by 11 points.

On Griezmann, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said: "He is a great player, he did not have a good start to the season and he knows it and it is not easy to reinvent himself in the way he did in November, December".

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Terry Gibson praised Marcelo for this "touch of the game" as Real Madrid looked for a victor against Atletico.

The Frenchman's goal was fairly simple as he slotted the ball into an empty net after Vitolo had taken the ball away from Keylor Navas, but it was his celebrations that once again caught the eye.

"There are seven games left, football can change quickly, lots of points still to play for".

Las Palmas is in second-to-last place and two points behind Deportivo La Coruna, which on Friday earned its first win in nine matches under coach Clarence Seedorf by defeating last-place Malaga 3-2 at home.

Following a slow start to the campaign, Ronaldo has rediscovered his most devastating form in recent weeks, scoring 24 goals in his last 12 games in all competitions, while his strike against Atletico was the 650th of his career.

Levante played in the second division previous year, following six straight seasons in the top flight.

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