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Madrid derby draws a blank, Athletic Club hold Barca in Camp Nou
MADRID, Sept. 29 -- Real and Atletico Madrid drew the Madrid derby 0-0 in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday night.
Atletico were the better team in the first half, while Real, with Dani Ceballos in excellent for, had the best of the second. With keepers Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak in top form, neither side was able to score.
The bad news for Real Madrid was a possible muscle injury which forced Gareth Bale out of the game at half time, while the good news was the long-awaited debut of Vinicius Jr, who played the last 8 minutes of the game.
FC Barcelona remain top even though they have now gone three games without a win after they were held to a 1-1 draw in the Camp Nou Stadium by Athletic Club Bilbao, who had lost their last 14 league visits to the ground.
Leo Messi started on the bench to rest ahead of next week's Champions League trip to face Tottenham. Although his side created chances in the first half, they were all saved by Athletic's young keeper, Unai Simon.
Oscar de Marcos put the visitors ahead in the 41st minute from close range and although Barca took total control of the game once Messi came on as a second half substitute and hit the woodwork through him and Philippe Coutinho, they didn't equalize until the 84th minute when Munir prodded home a driven pass from the Argentinean.
Sevilla's excellent form continued with a 3-1 win away to Eibar. Andre Silva opened the scoring in the 46th minute and Ever Banega doubled the lead just before the hour from the penalty spot.
A crash barrier gave way as Sevilla fans celebrated the goal, but fortunately there were no serious injuries and Banega's second of the game in injury time made it 3-0 before Joan Jordan recovered some pride for the home side in the closing moments.
Saturday kicked off with Kevin Gameiro's first half goal giving Valencia their first win of the season with a 1-0 triumph at home to Real Sociedad, who would have taken a point had Willian Jose taken advantage of a second half penalty.
The Basque side has now failed to any of the three games played in their newly refurbished Anoeta Stadium.