Real fail to exploit Barca's draw with edgy derby stalemate

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The Madrid derby between Real and Atletico Madrid is the standout game in Spain's matchday 7 this weekend as Atletico visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium knowing a win would take them above their neighbors and leave them in crisis.

Bale had come close to scoring for Real, who improved after the interval and nearly snatched a victor in stoppage time when captain Sergio Ramos headed narrowly wide from a corner.

Real have won the competition the last three years and beat Roma 3-0 in their opening Group G game.

"Vinicius [Junior] is a very young lad with a great future and is taking it one step at a time and when we think he can help us we will use him just like with any player". We know we're going to face one of the best teams in the world.' Simeone added at a press conference: 'It will be a tough match, like all the games we play against Madrid and we will have to seize control of it'.

The hosts then edged the second half, with young attacker Marco Asensio almost scoring with a close-range effort that was well saved by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.

Bale could have won it for Real too but he sidefooted wide from close range towards the end of the first half and then had to be replaced.

"We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn't manage to convert our chances".

A series of decisive stops by Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois and by Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak made this a Madrid derby of goalkeepers and ensured that neither team was rewarded with a score. Real Madrid and Barcelona lead with 13 points each, two more than Atletico after six matches.

The film concluded with Griezmann announcing his decision to stay in Madrid, having had Barca, Atletico and the fans of both hanging on his every word.

Speaking to reporters (via Goal) Griezmann said: "He's my little friend, I have a lot of respect for him".

"For me, this is a game, I like to have fun with my team-mates and with players from other teams".

On the extent of Bale's injury, Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui said: "He had discomfort in his adductor at half-time and as a precaution he didn't come out for the second half". Los Blancos missed the chance to make the most of leaders Barcelona's unexpected loss at Leganes when they went down 3-0 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night.

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