The 236th Madrid derby had hearts racing until the very end, as Marcos Llorente’s dramatic 93rd-minute equalizer snatched a point for Atlético and prevented Real Madrid from opening up a crucial gap in the La Liga title race.
Disaster struck for Real before kickoff, with Vinícius Junior forced out injured. Brahim Díaz stepped in and stole the show early, pouncing on a lucky ricochet to fire Real ahead. But Atlético refused to crumble. They peppered the box with dangerous crosses, but their finishing woes continued, with Saúl Ñíguez the latest culprit to miss a glaring header.
Just after the break, Atleti thought they had their equalizer through Savić’s header, only for VAR to controversially intervene due to Saúl’s offside position. This seemed to deflate Simeone’s men, and Brahim nearly put the game to bed with a curling shot that inches wide, leaving Atleti sweating.
Griezmann tried his luck with a clever flick, but Lunin, Real’s young goalkeeper, stood firm. However, just as it seemed Real had weathered the storm, Llorente rose highest in the 93rd minute to nod home a bouncing ball and send the Wanda Metropolitano into ecstasy.
Real’s title rivals in Girona can breathe a sigh of relief, while Ancelotti’s men are left rueing missed opportunities and a controversial VAR decision. Llorente’s late heroics ensured the derby lived up to its billing, delivering drama and keeping the La Liga title race wide open.