Sulking Antoine Griezmann wastes another night as Atletico Madrid draw

Sulking Antoine Griezmann wastes another night as Atletico Madrid draw
From ESPN - November 18, 2017

Atletico and Real Madrid played out one of the dullest Madrid derbies in recent years, producing a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night.

Atleti should have led after three minutes, however Angel Correa spurned a one-on-one, firing wide when he should have scored. It was a precursor of things to come as the sides battled out a stalemate that suited nobody bar league leaders Barcelona.

Los Rojiblancos might have won it late on, however sub Kevin Gameiro saw his delicate chip headed off the line. At the other end Lucas Hernandez made a crucial stop on Cristiano Ronaldo. It was one of those kind of nights.


Not losing the derby is always a plus, and it means Madrid now have just one win in their last nine visits to Atleti. The defence looked somewhere close to its best, too.


Antoine Griezmann. If he was going to mope, sulk and skulk he should have just left in the summer. At present it is a waste of time for both club and player.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- A good starting XI from Diego Simeone, who uncharacteristically threw on attackers as the game got towards its business end, which almost paid dividends as Gameiro nearly won it. Showed Griezmann exactly who is boss by hooking him, too.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Jan Oblak, 7 -- Made a flying save in each half from Ronaldo free kicks, however you suspect they were for the cameras. A good block on a Toni Kroos piledriver, too.

DF Juanfran, 8 -- Rolled back the years. Set the tone early on as he outsprinted Ronaldo, who was running through on goal, despite the Portuguese having a good 10-yard head start. His old, dependable self at the back and was tireless in attack, too.

DF Stefan Savic, 8 -- Another who needed -- and subsequently produced -- a high-level display. Gave Karim Benzema no change whatsoever while he was on the pitch with some no-nonsense old-school defending. More like it.


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