Real Madrid beat crosstown rivals Atletico 2-1 in a fiery version of the city’s local derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday to regain a two-point lead over Barcelona and remain perfect in La Liga.
Despite being the second best team for large periods of the first half and playing without a spell Karim BenzemaCarlo Ancelotti’s team was as tough in front of goal as the kicks from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde Put them in a leadership position. beautiful mario The hosts managed to reduce the difference late but could not equalize.
The visitors gave up their position in the first minutes of the first half, but took the lead 20 minutes before when Rodrygo scored an elegant goal. Jan Oblak From Aurelien ChuaminiHe crosses the Atleti defense line.
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After the match, Vinicius, who was subjected to racist abuse in Spain before the weekend, tweet a picture Who do you celebrate with? Silicao His teammate Rodrigo, writes: “Dance wherever you want.”
Running in the area caught fire from the inflamed area Vinicius Jr Valverde led Real’s second goal when Valverde rebounded on a rebound and buried a shot for the first time after his teammate’s Brazilian hit the toe from close range from the near post.
The hosts struggled to get back into the game and were able to cut the difference in half late in the second half when a sloppy corner kick from Mario Hermoso slammed into the net. Thibaut Courtois‘ Clear.
The equaliser never came to Atleti, as Carlo Ancelotti’s side stuck to the score to score three big points in the early stages of their La Liga title defense.
“They were very happy,” Dani Carvajal He said about his team spirit after the match. “We came here to win. I think we played a really good first half, especially in the first 30 minutes, we took our chance. In the second half we didn’t have much ball to hurt them. We were comfortable at 0-2. It got more complicated in the end but they got Three points.
“Karim is essential for us, but we have a great team. Rodrygo played as the ninth place today and scored a great goal, and he gave us a lot in attack.”
The win means Real’s return to the top of the La Liga table with 18 points from six matches, two points ahead of Barcelona in second place. Atleti is seventh, eight points behind its neighbours.
“It leaves a bad aftertaste,” Oblak said after the match. “We lost the derby, we lost a very important game. I don’t think we were so bad, we didn’t deserve to lose. But that’s football, they took their chances and we didn’t. It always feels bad when you lose. We are all sad.”
Among his two goals, Ancelotti said after the match: “Both are very special players, because they are what a modern footballer should be now. A player who can play in different positions, has something special in his style, their body, that stands out. We are all happy because they are performing. Very well.”
Information from Reuters was used in this report.