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Atletico snatch late equaliser against Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have scored a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to keep their city rivals from taking a four-point lead at the top of the Spanish league.

Marcos Llorente scored with a header three minutes into added time after Brahim Díaz had put the hosts ahead in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday.

The late goal prevented Madrid from exploiting second-place Girona's 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad on Saturday. Madrid lead Girona by two points before the teams meet next week.

Atletico, who had won four games in a row in all competitions, stayed in fourth place, 10 points off the lead. Diego Simeone's team were two points behind Barcelona, who won 3-1 at Alaves on Saturday.

Madrid extended their unbeaten streak to 26 matches across all tournaments, since a 3-1 league defeat at Atletico in September.

It was the third Madrid derby in less than a month, with Madrid winning the Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Saudi Arabia and Atletico winning in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.

Díaz opened the scoring from close range in the 20th minute after Atletico midfielder Koke Resurrección failed to fully clear a ball in front of the goal.

Llorente's late header hit the crossbar before going in. Memphis Depay had deflected the ball toward Llorent with another header.

Atletico earlier thought they had equalised with a header by Stefan Savic in the 48th but VAR determined that there was offside by Saúl Ñíguez.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti had a depleted defence because of injuries and had to improvise with right back Dani Carvajal as a central defender.

Celta Vigo ended a three-game winless streak and moved further away from the relegation zone by beating Osasuna 3-0.

Jorgen Strand Larsen and Luca de la Torre scored goals one minute apart in the first half and Anastasios Douvikas sealed the victory in the second half.

It was only the second away win in the league for Celta, with the other coming at last-place Almeria in September.

The victory moved Rafa Benítez's team to 16th place, three points clear of the relegation zone.

Osasuna, now winless in three straight league matches, stayed in 12th place.

Cadiz's winless streak reached 21 consecutive matches in all competitions after a 0-0 draw at Villarreal.

Sitting just inside the relegation zone, Cadiz haven't won since they defeated Villarreal 3-1 at home in September.

Villarreal are in 14th place. They were coming off a 5-3 win at Barcelona.

Real Betis and Getafe drew 1-1.