Karim Benzema saved Real Madrid from a bitter setback in the Spanish football championship. The French scored in the 88th minute to make it 1: 1 (0: 1) at city rivals Atletico Madrid. With the draw, Los Blancos at least prevented leaders Atletico from expanding their lead. The Rojiblancos have one game less but still five points more than Real and three more than second place FC Barcelona.
Luis Suarez (15th) gave Atletico the lead after a quick attack from their own half. The 34-year-old met the outside instep carefully. Benzema, who had recently missed three games injured, had already given up a good chance (74th). For the defensive leaders Atletico, opponents of Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16, chances had arisen again and again after taking the lead. Real’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois parried well against Yannick Carrasco (53rd) and Suarez (55th).