Cristiano Ronaldo became the equalizer to help Real Madrid stay in first place after a 2-2 draw with arch rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday, scoring his 45th goal in La Liga this season.
Following a convincing performance Wednesday in the Champions League against Schalke, in which “los blancos” destroyed the German club 6-1, Real Madrid was hoping to consolidate their precarious first place, attained last weekend, however Atletico had different ideas.
“Los rojiblancos” gave Ronaldo and company a run for their money and for a time it seemed as if they would stop the furious advance Real has embarked on, in the last few weeks in La Liga.
But Cristiano Ronaldo became the hero of the match scoring with eight minutes to go in regulation, to tie the game and let that sigh of relief come over fans all over the world.
Real Madrid, Atletico, and Barcelona had been sharing the top of La Liga for a time now, with Barcelona enjoying a slight advance due to the goal differential, however, all that changed last weekend when Real beat Elche, while Atletico and Barcelona lost.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team was in sole possession of first place. This weekend they were trying to their position, but they were only able to add one point to their total for the season.
La Liga Standings: 1) Real Madrid: 64 points 2) FC Barcelona: 63 points 3) Atletico Madrid: 61 points *El Clasico, March 23rd!
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was extremely important as it allowed Real Madrid to remain the number one team in La Liga, while preventing Atletico to win for the first time in a century. However, the draw ended eight consecutive losses for Atletico at Vicente Calderon.
Atletico’s fans feared this was going to be one more loss against Carlo Ancelotti’s club when Karim Benzama scored a beauty in the third minute, however Atletico’s men fought fiercely and in the 27 minute Koke scored their first goal followed by Gabi at 45 minutes.
Ronaldo scored on minute 82, ensuring his place as top scorer in la Liga.
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Things will get interesting on March 23, when Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid take on Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in another classic that could be a deciding game in the latter part of the Spanish season, in the meantime, three teams fight for the number one spot.