Bale recalled for Madrid derby

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"We're going to play the whole team of Real Madrid which has good players", Partey added.

But the morbo rivalry started early with cheers for Atletico right-back Juanfran Torres that recalled his missed penalty in the 2016 Champions League final shootout.

The first opportunity of the match fell to Real Madrid in the ninth minute, but Ronaldo could not bundle the ball past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak from close range after meeting a flicked header from Bale.

Diego Simeone's side had attacked fleetingly up until that point but Griezmann, equalising as he did in the corresponding fixture last season, ensured Madrid's lead only lasted four minutes.

Navas then had to keep out a strike from Koke as the visitors looked to complete the turnaround at the Bernabeu.

But it was skipper Sergio Ramos who nearly won it at the death when his free-kick looked to be heading into the top corner until Oblak got a hand to it.

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Surprisingly, Ronaldo was withdrawn soon after that goal, much to the bemusement of the Bernabeu faithful, and with the Portuguese off the pitch, free-kick duties were left to Ramos who nearly snatched all three points in injury time when his set-piece destined for the top corner was clawed out by Oblak.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane, with one eye on the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Juventus on Wednesday, started with Luka Modric and Karim Benzema on the bench, the latter coming on to spare Ronaldo the final half an hour.

As the first half drew to a close Real were within a whisker the lead, Marcelo hitting the bar and Oblak saving Dani Carvajal's follow-up.

Bale had operated on the margins of the contest up until that point but the Wales winger stormed down the left flank and Ronaldo pulled into space behind Lucas Hernandez, drilling a volley into the turf and beyond Oblak. In his 199 games for Atletico so far the Frenchman has scored 107 goals, 24 of which have come in 39 matches this season with one in each of his last four matches. Both derbis been very even - we could have won or lost both.

Zidane showed he was thinking about Juventus and the rest of the season by removing the 33-year-old with 25 minutes still to play.

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