Real Madrid took the Madrid Derby over Atletico Madrid to win their sixth straight game in a row and continued their perfect run in LaLiga.
With plenty of talk over celebration and dancing, the atmosphere heading into the match was definitely a hostile one towards the visitors. But Real Madrid didn’t let it affect them. Quite the opposite, actually. It seemed to fuel the players.
While Atletico Madrid had the better of the game in the opening 15 minutes, it would be Carlo Ancelotti’s men who took the lead courtesy of Rodrygo. The young Brazilian slotted in a wonderful chipped ball from Tchouameni.
For anyone who had any doubts, Rodrygo celebrated doing a dance and was accompanied by Vinicius Jr.
The goal seemed to deflate the sails of both Atletico and the supporters in attendance. The Rojiblancos tried to keep possession like they did early on but were unable to create any real danger with it.
Real Madrid would double their lead in the 36th minute. Luka Modric released a ball to Vinicius Jr. who ran at the Atletico defense. Inside the penalty area, he shot past Jan Oblak only to see the ball hit the post. However, the rebound made it’s way to an oncoming Federico Valverde who scored his third goal in three games.
If the first goal didn’t completely demoralize Atletico, the second one surely did. It was Real Madrid who looked the better side coming out of the break. Los Colchoneros seemed bereft of ideas. Antoine Griezmann, who was given a rare start, spent much of the game isolated and unable to connect with teammates to try to create goal scoring opportunities.
Atletico did manage to pull one back late as Thibaut Courtois misjudged the ball off a corner and it hit Mario Hermoso on the arm and ended in the back of the net.
Momentum was momentarily back with the home team but any hopes were quickly dashed when Hermoso was shown a second yellow and sent off. Replay showed the yellow card was harsh by the referee but that all but ended the hopes of an equalizer.
Real Madrid controlled the ball during the four minutes of stoppage time and ultimately came out with the 2-1 victory.
The last 10 minutes may have felt a little cagey for Real Madrid fans, but Los Blancos did well to see the game off and not let Atletico back into it.
Again, it was their sixth win a row, lifting them back atop the league standings over Barcelona.
The international break means a break from LaLiga for Real Madrid. The next time they are back in action will be on Oct.2 when they face Osasuna at home.