Real Madrid took the honours 3-1 against city rivals Atletico Madrid to rise to second in the La Liga standings. Nine players were booked and one was dismissed in a feisty Madrid derby on Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Real Madrid are back with a bang as the Los Blancos inflicted on Atletico Madrid, their first home defeat this season (3-1) on Saturday. In an electric derby at the Metropolitano stadium, a splendid scissors-kick from Casemiro (16th minute), a penalty from Sergio Ramos (42th minute) and a goal from Gareth Bale (74th minute) handed the victory to Real, despite an equalizer from Antoine Griezmann (25th minute). Atletico finished with ten men after the expulsion of Thomas Partey for his second yellow card (80th minute).
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Real proved ‘Wanda’ is not ‘Calderon’. No ghosts here, no cobwebs in dark caverns. Atletico Madrid has become clean, or at least their stadium. Their trainer is still dressed in dark black and their players are still in red and white. Real won the derby, now more or less stay in the wake of Barcelona, although the Spanish title battle has been a mirage for several weeks. In the transition season of Real Madrid – the year 1 after Cristiano – this is more than ever Messi’s La Liga.
Real Madrid found the advantage in the quarter of an hour of play. A corner kick from the right, Sergio Ramos made a shuffle at the head where he drew Casemiro that with an acrobatic right kick from the edge of the small area bags the net that is worth 1-0. Ten minutes passed and Atletico found the same. Real lost the in midfield, Correa, who was very fast launched Griezmann deep with a perfect low shot and send the French forward in the open field, in front of Courtois, Griezmann was not wrong and with a signature made it 1-1.
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On the 42nd penalty for Real Madrid, the progression in speed on the left of Vinicius that exceeded and was fouled by Gimenez (from the replay of will see that the foul from outside the area). There was a yellow for the Uruguayan defender and penalty for the guests. From the spot went Sergio Ramos who with an angled right over Oblak to make it for 2-1 Real.
The second half had a lot of stoppages, which may be hurt Atletico more than it did Real Madrid, despite that it was the Rojiblanco who were aggressing and fouling Solari’s men all over the field. Eventually, Atletico collapsed and conceded a third goal. An excellent vertical pass from Reguilon, and a nice attacking sequence between Modric and Benzema to find Gareth Bale (who came in for Vinicius off the bench), who found the net with his artistic left-foot.
The winner: Lucas Vazquez
On the right side, the Spaniard was perfectly able to take the measure of the defence of Atletico Madrid, especially in the first half. Vazquez thwarted his direct opponents by his speed and dribbling quality. Very stirring, he was precise in his transmissions to his teammates. In the offensive trio of Real Madrid (with Benzema and Vinicius), he was the one who (largely) made the best impression during this derby. It was a performance that can enlighten others, as Real Madrid takes second place and will follow big deadlines, and a precious element for the Blancos boss Santiago Solari.
The loser: Alvaro Morata
There are matches where everything smiles at you and others where minutes seem hours. This was the case for the Spaniard against his former team. The striker did not have a lot of balls and in fact, brought almost nothing offensively. He thought to save his match by tying a splendid lob in front of Courtois, but the VAR showered his enthusiasm for an illegal position. A few minutes later, he got rattled in the area, but the referee whistled a foul against his team. The yellow card collected just before giving way to Kalinic twenty minutes from the end concluded a difficult affair form him in the Madrid derby.