Real miss out on top spot after Eibar draw

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Real Madrid missed out on the chance to reclaim top spot in La Liga after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Los Blancos were overtaken at the league summit by neighbours Atletico Madrid, who recorded a 2-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla.

Zinedine Zidane's side had to come from behind to secure a share of the spoils, however, after Fran Rico gave the visitors a surprise seventh-minute lead.

But Gareth Bale responded for Real 11 minutes later with the equaliser before Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside in the second half as the hosts were made to settle for a point, which was not enough to displace Atleti at the top of the league standings.

The European champions created the first chance as early as the fourth minute when Bale fired just to the right of the goal from outside the area.

But the home crowd were stunned just two minutes later as Rico got on the end of Ander Capa's cross to guid his header past Keylor Navas for the opening goal.

Real's response was swift enough, though, with a 17th-minute cross from Cristiano Ronaldo picking out Bale, who headed home from close range to draw level.

Pedro Leon twice threatened to restore Los Armeros' lead, but he was denied by Bravo on both occasions – the first save coming soon after the equaliser and the latter one early in the second half.

Ronaldo also drew a couple of saves out of visiting keeper Asier Riesgo, who was beaten by Morata on 54 minutes on the rebound from one of the Portuguese forward's shots, but the offside flag went up.

The woodwork then came to Eibar's rescue on the hour mark as Bale steered his header against the crossbar from Ronaldo's cross, which was the closest Real came to a winner.