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Football: Ronaldo salvages point for Real, Barca beat Almeria

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:24 AM
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates his goal with teammate Gareth Bale after scoring a goal in their Spanish first division soccer match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Mar 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Cristiano Ronaldo equalised eight minutes from time as Real Madrid remained top of La Liga, thanks to a pulsating 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Real remain three points clear of Atletico but Barcelona moved to within a point of the leaders as they beat Almeria 4-1 on Sunday.

Karim Benzema had fired Real into a third minute lead when he converted Angel di Maria's cross.

However, despite being denied what appeared a penalty when Sergio Ramos seemed to trip Diego Costa, Atletico were in front by half-time, thanks to fine strikes by Koke and Gabi.

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