Real Madrid stayed top of La Liga after maintaining their unbeaten domestic start with a goalless draw at city rivals Atletico Madrid.

In a first half of few clear-cut chances, Diego Costa was inches away from sliding home Thomas Partey’s low cross.

Gareth Bale should have given Real the lead in the second but blazed Nacho’s cross over the bar.

Jan Oblak produced a marvellous save to deny Karim Benzema late on.

No way through for dominant Real

Diego Simeone’s side thrashed Real 7-3 in New Jersey in pre-season, but the match at the Wanda Metropolitano was a much more cautious affair with only two shots on target in the first 45 minutes.

Both those efforts came from Toni Kroos, who twice forced Oblak into action with low drives from outside the box.

Atletico failed to properly test Thibaut Courtois throughout the 90 minutes, although it was not for the lack of trying.

Costa almost slid in Partey’s delivery, before Joao Felix – who marked his first competitive Madrid derby appearance with a lively performance – dragged a fierce shot off target from the edge of the area five minutes before the break.

Real enjoyed the better of the openings in the second half, Bale scooping Nacho’s low delivery high over the crossbar from an excellent position.

Benzema thought he had snatched all three points for Zinedine Zidane’s side with 15 minutes remaining but Oblak, diving at full stretch, kept out the Frenchman’s goal-bound header with a strong left hand.

The draw lifts Real one point above Granada – who beat Leganes 1-0 earlier on Saturday – while Atletico climb above Barcelona into third.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 23Trippier
  • 15Savic
  • 2Giménez
  • 12Lodi dos SantosSubstituted forLemarat 61′minutes
  • 6Koke
  • 5ParteyBooked at 90mins
  • 8Saúl
  • 20Machín PérezSubstituted forCorreaat 45′minutes
  • 7SequeiraSubstituted forLlorenteat 70′minutes
  • 19Diego Costa

Substitutes

  • 1Adán
  • 4Arias
  • 10Correa
  • 11Lemar
  • 14Llorente
  • 16Herrera
  • 18Felipe

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5VaraneBooked at 69mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 6NachoBooked at 22mins
  • 14Casemiro
  • 11Bale
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forModricat 68′minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forRodríguezat 77′minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forJovicat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 10Modric
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
68,032

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Real Madrid 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 0, Real Madrid 0.

Booking

Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Partey (Atlético de Madrid).

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Stefan Savic (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Stefan Savic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Thomas Lemar with a cross.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Jovic replaces Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. Nacho (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by José Giménez.

Attempt missed. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Jan Oblak tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez replaces Eden Hazard.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Thomas Lemar (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacho with a cross.

Nacho (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Attempt missed. Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Koke with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but José Giménez is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Marcos Llorente replaces João Félix.

Booking

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

João Félix (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Modric replaces Federico Valverde.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

José Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nacho (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Saúl Ñíguez.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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