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Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan scores
Atletico are now unbeaten in eight Madrid derbies in La Liga

Atletico Madrid gained a measure of revenge for their defeat by Real Madrid in last season's Champions League final with a derby win away to their rivals.

Reigning La Liga champions Atletico took an early lead at the Bernabeu as Tiago headed in from a corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo, on his return from injury, scored a penalty he had won to bring the teams level soon after.

But Atletico, who had to resist plenty of home pressure, won the game courtesy of Arda Turan's neat finish.

Atletico's aerial prowess
11 of Atletico's last 14 league goals have been headers, with nine of the last 11 coming from set pieces

Prior to the game, Atletico boss Diego Simeone had downplayed his side's chances of defending their league crown following a summer exodus that saw five key players from last season's La Liga-conquering team depart the club.

While his current crop of players may lack some of the attacking flair of their predecessors they appear to have quickly picked up the tactical nous and spirit that have become the hallmark of their manager's teams.

Cristiano Ronaldo
It was ultimately a disappointing return for Real goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo

Like the 2013-14 side, this Atletico team are also physically imposing, which they demonstrated throughout and notably in the 10th minute when Tiago made his way to the near post to plant a header into the net from Koke's corner.

The goal was also further evidence for the critics, whose knives were still sharp from the way they capitulated at Real Sociedad two weeks ago, that this is a Real team who are only quality so long as the ball is heading in the direction of the opposition goal and not their own.

However, this time Real rallied after going behind and with the returning Ronaldo included in their attack they had the firepower to respond.

As he has done on so many occasions, the Portuguese forward created his own scoring opportunity, by tumbling in the box under minimum contact from Guilherme Siquiera, before converting it by sending goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya the wrong way.

Ronaldo was also the supplier of two subsequent chances for Karim Benzema, the first of which the Frenchman ruined with a heavy touch when through on goal, the second a header which drew a superb save from Moya.

Unfortunately, Ronaldo is clearly not fully fit - as demonstrated by the way he faded as a threat - while his attacking companions were woefully off colour.

Atletico dominate Madrid derby
This victory means Atletico have won back-to-back away Madrid derbies for the first time in their history. Atletico are now unbeaten in eight Madrid derbies in La Liga.

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez - combined cost £156m - were peripheral figures throughout, while Toni Kroos was poorly-deployed as a holding midfielder.

But to focus on Real's inadequacies takes away from Atletico's performance, which was a master-class in containment and counter-attack.

As the game wore on and Real's frustration grew, so did the visitors' belief and after Turan had flashed one shot past the post in the 73rd minute he went one better three minutes later by sweeping home a neat finish past Iker Casillas.

Real huffed and puffed for the remaining 14 minutes, but the Atletico held firm.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 4Ramos
  • 3Pepe
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 63minsSubstituted forVaraneat 77'minutes
  • 11BaleSubstituted forIscoat 72'minutes
  • 19ModricBooked at 85mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezBooked at 19mins
  • 7Ronaldo
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 63'minutesBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Nacho
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 2GodínBooked at 22mins
  • 3SiqueiraBooked at 25mins
  • 23MirandaBooked at 86mins
  • 20Juanfran
  • 6KokeBooked at 90mins
  • 5Tiago
  • 14GabiBooked at 54minsSubstituted forTuranat 61'minutes
  • 8Raúl García
  • 11JiménezSubstituted forGriezmannat 64'minutes
  • 9MandzukicBooked at 41minsSubstituted forSuárezat 78'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 7Griezmann
  • 10Turan
  • 13Oblak
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 22Cerci
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
85,253

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home21
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Atlético de Madrid 2.

Booking

Koke (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Moyá following a fast break.

Booking

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid).

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

Booking

Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

Booking

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

Mario Suárez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Isco.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Koke tries a through ball, but Raúl García is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Mario Suárez replaces Mario Mandzukic.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane replaces Álvaro Arbeloa.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 1, Atlético de Madrid 2. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Álvaro Arbeloa.

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Guillherme Siqueira.

Attempt missed. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Gareth Bale.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Álvaro Arbeloa with a cross.

Booking

Javier Hernández (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Javier Hernández (Real Madrid).

Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Antoine Griezmann replaces Raúl Jiménez.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

Booking

Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Koke with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 13th September 2014

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona33006069
2Atl Madrid32104227
3Celta Vigo31206425
4Valencia21104134
5Real Sociedad31116514
6Granada21103214
7Sevilla21103214
8Malaga311113-24
9Villarreal21012113
10Ath Bilbao31023303
11Eibar21012203
12Real Madrid310256-13
13Getafe210123-13
14Rayo Vallecano20202202
15Almería302123-12
16Córdoba302124-22
17Dep La Coruña201134-11
18Espanyol201123-11
19Elche201114-31
20Levante301205-51
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