Madrid Derby: Griezmann seals another Bernabeu victory

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Atletico Madrid boosted their La Liga title hopes while simultaneously putting a huge dent in Real Madrid’s chances as Antoine Griezmann’s goal settled the derby 1-0.
The city rivals came into Saturday’s meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu knowing anything other than victory would represent a significant blow to their title challenge, with leaders Barcelona looking close to unstoppable.
In the event, Griezmann’s well-taken goal early in the second half settled the encounter, as Atletico closed the gap to Luis Enrique’s side to five points ahead of Barca’s home clash with Sevilla on Sunday.
Madrid, however, are nine points adrift in third as coach Zinedine Zidane’s hopes of a league crown to go with the one he won as a player in the Spanish capital fade away.
And a section of the Bernabeu faithful made their discontent known, as chants of ‘Florentino, resign’ rang out, in reference to the club’s president Florentino Perez.
Those calls were soon drowned out by whistles as Perez’s supporters showed their backing, but the poisonous atmosphere only served to exacerbate another disappointing day for the hosts.
Atleti, meanwhile, retain hopes of a second Liga title in three years as Diego Simeone’s side once again displayed their defensive solidity in recording a fourth successive clean sheet in all competitions.

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