Real’s win­less run ex­tended, Atletico top

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REAL MADRID sur­ren­dered top spot in La Liga as they failed to win for a fourth con­sec­u­tive game in a 1-1 draw at home to Basque min­nows Eibar yes­ter­day.

Atletico Madrid now lead their city ri­vals on goal dif­fer­ence at the top of the table de­spite miss­ing two penal­ties as An­toine Griez­mann and Kevin Gameiro net­ted in a 2-0 win at Va­len­cia.

Barcelona can go top with vic­tory at Celta Vigo later yes­ter­day.

The pop­u­la­tion of Eibar would fit into Madrid’s San­ti­ago Bern­abeu sta­dium three times over, and the trav­el­ling fans cel­e­brated their first ever league goal against Madrid when Fran Rico headed home Pe­dro Leon’s cross de­spite Key­lor Navas’s best ef­forts af­ter just six min­utes.

Nor­mal ser­vice ap­peared to have been re­sumed just nine min­utes later when Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s lofted cross to the back post was headed home by Gareth Bale for his 50th La Liga goal.

How­ever, Real were met with a ca­coph­ony of whis­tles at full­time as they failed to con­vert their pres­sure into a win­ner af­ter the break.

The Euro­pean cham­pi­ons badly missed the pres­ence of Luka Mo­dric, who is set to be side­lined for a month af­ter un­der­go­ing knee surgery yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Eibar could even have re­taken the lead when Leon waltzed past Danilo be­fore his ris­ing drive was beaten be­hind by Navas.

Real took al­most an hour to get firm con­trol of the game and Ron­aldo had the chance to snatch the three points when he blasted over from point-blank range.

A su­per Bale header also came back off the post and sub­sti­tute Al­varo Mo­rata had a goal rightly ruled out for off­side as Eibar held on for a his­toric point. — Su­per­Sport

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