Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a mundane 0-0 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.
With all eyes on Madrid Derby debutants Eden Hazard and Joao Felix, the match fell disappointingly short of expectations.
A particularly uneventful first half produced only two shots on target, both courtesy of Toni Kroos in the form low drives from outside the box.
The second 45 minutes weren’t much more clinical, although Jan Oblak was forced to make a brilliant save to keep out Karim Benzema’s header late on.
Compared to the 7-3 thrashing Atletico handed their city rivals in New Jersey during pre-season, Diego Simeone had less to be joyous about.
“In the first half we were dominating the game and we couldn’t find any solutions [in finding a goal] at the end,” he said, per Goal.
“We’re having a hard time in that aspect. In the second half, Oblak saved Benzema’s header. It was a tight game, with both of us missing what it takes to win the match.”
In a match of few clear-cut chances, one of the most significant moments occurred when Sergio Ramos allegedly directed an insult at one of the linesmen.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Madrid captain is thought to have said to the official: “The whore that bore you.”
Simeone was within earshot and became visibly irate after referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez took no action.
When asked about Ramos’ comments, the Atletico manager told reporters:
“What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch, but the linesman knows what he said.”
Simeone – whose protests resulted in himself being reprimanded instead of Ramos – certainly has grounds to question why the supposed exchange didn’t even warrant a talking to.
Diego Costa was slapped with an eight-match suspension and over £5,000 in fines for similar conduct during Atletico’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona in April.
The club were also forced to pay £2,400.
La Liga clearly aren’t soft when it comes to dealing with such behaviour, so time will tell if they see fit to investigate whether or not Ramos committed any wrongdoing.
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