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Real Madrid battles Athletic club to goalless draw

Real Madrid is ending a less than satisfying 2019 by giving up the leadership spot in the La Liga Santander rankings to Barcelona after battling Athletic Bilbao to a scoreless draw at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where the capital squad hit the crossbar on three good scoring chances and just couldn't seem to get anything going.
Real Madrid battles Athletic club to goalless draw

Coming off another 0-0 draw in the middle of last week against Barcelona as well as a 1-1 result against Valencia, the outcome on Sunday for Real Madrid puts the team at 37 points, two points behind the Catalon, who are at the No. 1 spot in the La Liga table, reports Efe news.

Although the capital team dominated throughout the match in terms of ball possession and handling, a series of their shots on goal misfired, with Toni Kroos hitting the crossbar along with Nacho Fernandez and Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema making a good effort that resulted only in being cleared off the line with a back-heel.

Moreover, Rodrygo forced a snap save and Vincius Junior failed to connect on multiple occasions, all these failures adding up to a bitter pill to swallow for Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Kenan Kodro fired a first half blast at the Real Madrid net that was disallowed for being offside and the visitors made a nail-biting surge in extra time that looked unstoppable but which ultimately came to nought.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, in commenting on the goal-scoring drought over the past three matches, said that although they had had a number of chances, they hadn't managed to connect ball and net.

"I don't think it's bad luck or the lack of a killer instinct," he said, adding that the important thing is that Real Madrid is "creating chances," and going on to say: "We'll keep that up and the goals will come."

( With inputs from IANS )

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