Real Madrid, in high spirits after their brilliant performance in the Champions League against Liverpool, drew 1-1 this Saturday with Atlético de Madrid, led by the Argentine Diego Simeone, who finished the classic with one man less due to the expulsion of Angel Correa.
Atlético de Madrid, with the defender Nahuel Molina as the starter and the entry of Correa, later sent off for a blow to the German Antonio Rüdiger, took the lead with a goal from the Uruguayan defender José Giménez 33 minutes into the second half. The conquest of Real Madrid was achieved by the also Uruguayan Álvaro Rodríguez seven minutes later.
Simeone complained about the expulsion of Correa, interpreting that a warning was enough. “It can be yellow, but if you expel a player for that situation, there would be no players left on the field. In our case it is becoming normal and it would be good if we could all compete in the same way,” Cholo lamented. “The referee’s vision can be interpreted, but there is also VAR and we have the possibility of seeing that the blow or contact does not have the violence to take a player off the field. We do not know if he called him or not. Rudiger is big, little Correa…”, ironized the DT.
With this result, Real Madrid has 52 points and is seven behind its arch-rival and leader Barcelona, which will visit Almería on Sunday. Meanwhile, Atlético de Madrid has 42.
The results of the other matches played on Saturday were as follows: Espanyol 2-Mallorca 1; Cádiz 1-Rayo Vallecano 0 and Valencia 1-Real Sociedad 0.