Ghana International midfielder Thomas Partey featured as an impact sub for Atletico Madrid in their 1-1 draw with Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Partey came off the bench for Spanish striker Fernando Torres in the 78th minute as they went in search of the equalizer.
Pepe gave Madrid the lead in the 52nd minute with a powerful header pass Jan Oblaq who remained helpless.
Partey presence on the field proved crucial as he consolidated the midfield area for his side and were deservedly rewarded on the 85th minute mark, French winger Antoine Griezmann levelled the score line for the Los Colchoneros to end the game in a stalemate.
Worse, Atletico was more recognizable from its austerity, well tied to the game by its central, midfield and inspired goalkeeper, although blurred in the ball out until the final ten minutes. The Madrid, who appeared superior in general, became academic, did not drag the public, only strove with the marker equalized and was wrong to believe that the current would lead to the triumph at the end. At least Kroos left the tunnel and Bale was not the lost object of recent afternoons. This time he left the job and put him to work while waiting for the muses.
Atletico made a better initial translation of the clash and sought a comfort zone, accepting his resignation to the ball but provoking a party with a half voice, away from the areas, covering his right side to remove Madrid soda, Marcelo. To the success of its approach the alignment and the attitude of the Madrid contributed in equal parts. The top three left homeless when the ball passed to Atlético. The circulation was a step of Easter and the precision was at his height. The Madrid was not in trouble or provoked and went from the solid state in their field to the gas when approaching the Athletic area. Only news was expected in the strategy, which is already disputed territory. Saul and Godin walked in all their attempts.
That duermevela lasted for 25 minutes, with Atletico cordoning their area and hoping for the best of Carrasco, more productive in the beginning of the plays than in the finals. And then the Madrid began to shake the tree, in three isolated plays, inspired by their tenors. Oblak repelled a frantic shot by Benzema, who had been booked by Cristiano; Savic saved on the line a crossed shot of the Portuguese with the defeated goal, and Bale put a crossheaded guess by the Slovenian. It was the only moment in the first half when the Madrid broke ranks. It was the only time that Atletico stopped being an armed cement. Griezmann responded with a distant left but intentional stopped by Keylor after error of Ramos and interrupted that phase of attack to blows of the Madrid.