Spanish La Liga
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Atletico Madrid 4-0 Real Madrid

Mario Mandzukic and Atletico Madrid players celebrate their fourth goal against Real Madrid
Mario Mandzukic and Atletico Madrid celebrate after the fourth goal at the Vicente Calderon

La Liga leaders Real Madrid suffered their heaviest defeat in over four years as reigning champions Atletico Madrid overpowered them in a scintillating derby.

Injury-hit Real were forced to name a makeshift defence for the short trip to the Vicente Calderon - and it was easily exposed by Atletico's ruthless attack.

Quick-fire goals from Tiago and Saul Niguez put Atletico in command at the break, before second-half strikes from Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic sealed Real's worst loss since a 5-0 mauling by arch-rivals Barcelona in November 2010.

Atletico's players jubilantly celebrated with their supporters at the final whistle after extending their unbeaten run against Real to a sixth game.

And, perhaps more importantly, the win also reignited their hopes of retaining La Liga.

Los Rojiblancos would have fallen 10 points behind their neighbours with a defeat, but instead moved level with second-placed Barcelona.

Real still hold a four-point advantage over the pair, although Barca can cut that gap when they travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Atletico's recent run versus Real
Real 2-2 Atletico15 January, 2015Santiago BernabeuCopa del Rey
Atletico 2-0 Real7 January, 2015Vicente CalderonCopa del Rey
Real 1-2 Atletico13 September, 2014Santiago BernabeuLa Liga
Atletico 1-0 Real22 August, 2014Vicente CalderonSpanish Super Cup
Real 1-1 Atleticoexternal-link19 August, 2014Santiago BernabeuSpanish Super Cup
Real 4-1 Atletico (aet)24 May, 2014Estadio da Luz, LisbonChampions League final

Los Merengues coach Carlo Ancelotti looked furious at the final whistle after a limp performance from the European champions, who only registered one shot on target.

The Italian welcomed back Cristiano Ronaldo following a two-match suspension, but the Ballon d'Or winner barely figured as Atletico took advantage of an away defence missing injured centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Pepe, along with suspended left-back Marcelo.

Atletico dominated from the first whistle and deservedly led when Portugal midfielder Tiago drilled in a low shot which Real keeper Iker Casillas failed to hold.

Substitute Saul, an early replacement for the injured Koke, doubled the lead four minutes later with a spectacular overhead kick.

Slack defending allowed France attacker Griezmann to poke in from close range after the break, before Croatia striker Mandzukic's late diving header sealed a memorable win.

Iker Casillas fails to prevent Atletico Madrid's first goal from Tiago
Real keeper Iker Casillas failed to stop Tiago's shot from crossing the line for the opening goal
Saul scores from an overhead kick for Atletico Madrid
Saul Niguez's spectacular overhead kick doubled Atletico's lead soon after
Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated in Real Madrid's 4-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's return from suspension could not inspire an under-strength Real Madrid
Antoine Griezmann scores the third goal for Atletico Madrid
France star Antoine Griezmann came close to scoring on several occasions before adding Atletico's third
Mario Mandzukic heads in Atletico Madrid's fourth goal
Mario Mandzukic netted his 11th league goal in 19 games since arriving from Bayern Munich


Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 54mins
  • 3Siqueira
  • 10TuranBooked at 49mins
  • 14Fernández ArenasBooked at 45mins
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSaúlat 10'minutesSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 71'minutesBooked at 52mins
  • 9MandzukicBooked at 82mins
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forTorresat 77'minutes


  • 4Suárez
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 13Oblak
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Gámez
  • 19Torres
  • 24Giménez de Vargas

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 2Varane
  • 18Nacho
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 8KroosBooked at 29mins
  • 23IscoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 68'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 73'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 16Borges
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 34Llorente
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 4, Real Madrid 0.

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    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 4, Real Madrid 0.

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    Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Arda Turan with a cross.

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    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

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

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    Attempt missed. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 4, Real Madrid 0. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fernando Torres with a cross.

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    Foul by Fábio Coentrão (Real Madrid).

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    Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Jesé (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

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

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    Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

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    Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Booking

    Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

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    Hand ball by Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid).

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    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

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

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    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Moyá.

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    Attempt saved. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.