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Cristiano Ronaldo ignored Atletico Madrid demand before La Liga draw

09 April, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Messi was the star of the show at the Camp Nou with a magnificent treble, as Barca stretched their lead at the top to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid's derby against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts a deserved 53rd-minute lead but Atleti hit back with gusto as Antonio Griezmann swiftly levelled and they nearly led through Koke.

Ronaldo continued a phenomenal 2018 when he volleyed Madrid into a deserved 53rd-minute lead at the Santiago Bernabeu - his 40th goal in all competitions this season.

"He did not start the season well, he knows that".

"I think the presence of (Diego) Costa has helped him a lot, having strength around him which allows him to be free".

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The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde's side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.

"I am not leaving happy as we wanted to win", he said.

For the first time in the game, Atletico had established a momentum and Navas had to produce a good save to deny Koke as they pressed once again.

And Diego Simeone's side nearly netted immediately after, but Koke's attempt was brilliantly kept out by the Costa Rican worldwide. "But I am leaving with a sensation of bringing little away, really".

For the fifth season in a row, Real failed to beat Atleti at home in La Liga, with this draw coming exactly one year after the two teams tied 1-1 in last season's corresponding fixture.

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Zinedine Zidane's side are third, with Valencia hot on their heels and they are a point with eight games left to play.

"On paper, we have a squad that you have all seen; we are who we are", stated the Argentine in his pre-game press conference.

The two capital clubs will now switch their attentions back to the Champions League and the Europa League, respectively, with games against Juventus (for Real) and Sporting CP (for Atleti) this week.

"What we have done in this decade is tremendous, Atletico fans should be proud of how their team is competing".

"We have competed very well against Madrid in these last years".

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