Real Madrid earned a 0-0 draw at neighbours Atletico Madrid in a tight derby to stay top of La Liga on Saturday, continuing their recovery after a disappointing start to the season.

Karim Benzema came closest to scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out the French forward’s header.

Atletico forward Joao Felix twice fired wide in the first half and Real’s Gareth Bale lashed an effort off target after the break in a game of few chances.

Real Madrid are top with 15 points from seven matches and Atletico stayed third with one point less.

“I think with the game we played we deserved a lot more,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. “In the end a point is a point. We had chances, the header from Benzema especially.

“I can’t criticise my players over anything, I’m annoyed for them above all, but I’m happy with the game they played. They too are a bit disappointed not to take all the points.”

Real Sociedad, who are fifth, could displace Real at the top with a win over Sevilla on Sunday.

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