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2019-2020 LaLiga

Real top table, draw with Atleti in Madrid derby

Real Madrid earned a 0-0 draw at neighbours Atletico Madrid in a tight derby clash to stay top of La Liga on Saturday, continuing their recovery after a disappointing start to the season.

Karim Benzema came closest to scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out the French forward's header.

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Atletico forward Joao Felix twice fired wide in the first half, while Gareth Bale lashed an effort off target after the break, in a game of few chances.

Real Madrid are top with 15 points from seven matches, while Atletico stayed third with one point less.

"I think with the game we played we deserved a lot more," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. "In the end a point is a point. We had chances, the header from Benzema especially.

"I can't criticise my players over anything, I'm annoyed for them above all, but I'm happy with the game they played. They too are a bit disappointed not to take all the points."

Real's Sergio Ramos and Atletico's Kieran Trippier were each lucky to avoid bookings for cynical fouls on Joao Felix and Eden Hazard respectively in a cagey opening.

Atletico's club record signing Felix sneaked in behind Madrid's defence but dragged an effort across the face of goal, whistling another shot just wide towards the end of the first half.

At the other end, Oblak made one solid save to tip Toni Kroos's low drive around the post.

Both teams were more afraid of losing than hungry to win, treading water with a draw seemingly suiting them both.

"We have a lot of work to do [to get rid of] errors that we should not be committing, we have to keep working," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.

"In the first half we had more of the play but we couldn't finish any of our chances. In the second. Oblak made that save from Benzema's header. It was a hard-fought game, we both lacked what you need to win a game."

After a shaky start to the season and a 3-0 thrashing by Paris St. Germain in the Champions League, Real coach Zinedine Zidane has steadied the ship with wins over Sevilla, Osasuna and now this draw with a direct title rival.

Real Sociedad, who are fifth, could displace Madrid at the top with a win over Sevilla on Sunday.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 19 +26 40
2 Real Madrid 19 +24 40
3 Atletico Madrid 19 +10 35
4 Sevilla FC 19 +6 35
5 Real Sociedad 19 +8 31
6 Valencia 19 +4 31
7 Getafe 19 +6 30
8 Athletic Bilbao 19 +7 29
9 Villarreal 19 +7 28
10 Granada 19 0 27
11 Levante 19 -3 26
12 Osasuna 19 +1 24
13 Real Betis 19 -6 24
14 Real Valladolid 19 -6 21
15 Alavés 19 -9 20
16 Eibar 19 -11 19
17 Celta Vigo 19 -13 15
18 Mallorca 19 -15 15
19 Leganes 19 -14 14
20 Espanyol 19 -22 11