Real Madrid On The Rise As Los Blancos Seal Derby Win: Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid
Real Madrid defeated local rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga with a 1-3 victory in an nail biting entertaining derby at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
Casemiro opened the scoring on 16th minute of the game with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner kick, as Sergio Ramos rose highest to flick into the path of the Brazilian, who was facing away from goal, but managed to shoot the ball past Jan Oblak with an acrobatic effort to give the Los Blancos the lead.
Hosts strike back as Antoine Griezmann provided the response after breaking clear of the Real Madrid high backline before slotting the ball through the legs of Thibaut Courtois on the 25th minute which was assisted by Angel Correa with a through ball following a fast break. VAR was in the limelight to judge whether Antoine Griezmann was offside, but the goal was given eventually.
The consistent threat of Vinicius Jr paid off as the Brazilian drew a foul from Jose Maria Gimenez inside the Atletico Madrid’s Penalty box after another energetic run down Madrid’s left flank, before Sergio Ramos converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner to restore Los Blancos’ lead minutes before halftime.
Former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata looked to have dazed the visitors as he latched onto a astonishing pass out of defence from Gimenez before chipping the ball over the onrushing Courtois and into an empty net, at last the joy not lasted much longer as the goal was ruled out by offside by VAR.
Substitute Gareth Bale had his stamp on the proceedings as the Welsh international collected a through ball from midfield maestro Luka Modric in the box before firing a left side footed shot to beat Oblak and into the bottom right corner.
Thomas Partey was red carded for the home side after receiving a second yellow card late on for a audacious challenge as Real Madrid saw the victory for a well deserved performance, claiming the derby win on enemy territory.
Real Madrid Player Ratings
Starting XI: Courtois (5); Carvajal (7), Varane (7), Ramos (8), Reguilon (7); Modric (7), Casemiro (7), Kroos (7); Vazquez (6), Benzema (6); V. Junior (8*)
Substitutes: Bale (7), Ceballos (N/A), Diaz (N/A)
Atletico Madrid Ratings
Starting XI: Oblak (6); Arias (5), Gimenez (6), Godin (6), Hernandez (6); Correa (7), Niguez (6), Thomas (5), Lemar (6); Morata (6), Griezmann (7)
Substitutes: Vitolo (5), R. Hernandez (6), Kalinic (5)
REAL MADRID STAR MAN – Vinicius Junior was a consistent threat in the left flank throughout, as the Brazilian’s fearless attacking eagerness worried the Madrid’s back four as he is the visitors’ most persistent threat on Sunday.
The Brazilian showed lightning pace, tremendous skill and desire to burst down the side of Atletico’s defence at will and earned his side a penalty at a early stages of the game through his fine offensive work.