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Atletico rescue late draw with leaders Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid scored an injury-time equaliser to rescue a point from their derby with La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Brahim Diaz pounced on a heavy touch from Koke and clipped the ball past Jan Oblak from close range to give Real the opening goal.

Stefan Savic had a leveller ruled out for offside after heading in Antoine Griezmann's corner.

But Marcos Llorente did salvage a point when he headed in from Memphis Depay's flick-on with seconds left.

Brahim had been a last-minute addition to the team after Vinicius Jr was injured in the warm-up and thought he had scored the winner before the late equaliser.

He almost doubled their advantage but he curled a shot just wide after creating the chance with some clever footwork.

Atletico had chances too. Real Madrid keeper Andriy Lunin, who has recently taken Kepa's place in the team, made a brilliant save to keep out Axel Witsel's header and later stopped Griezmann's flicked effort.

This was the third meeting of the rivals in 2024, with Real winning 5-3 in extra time in the Spanish Super Cup and Atletico triumphing 4-2 after extra time in the Copa del Rey.

The draw for Carlo Ancelotti's side takes them two points clear of surprise package Girona, who drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Defending champions Barcelona are another six points back, while Atletico are 10 points off top.