Real Madrid won the first Madrid derby of the season, winning 2-0 against Atletico Madrid at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
With this win, Real Madrid inch closer to the League leaders by 3 points. Atletico Madrid, however, were handed the first defeat of their season. Despite the defeat, they stay on top of the LaLiga table with a game in hand.
Casemiro’s header and Dani Carvajal’s screamer that bounced off the back of an unlucky Jan Oblak sealed in what has been a deciding week for Zinedine Zidane.
REAL MADRID 2-0 ATLETICO MADRID TEAM NEWS:
Los Blancos had only made one change to the team from the one that faced Borussia Monchengladbach.
Back four and the midfield were the same with Sergio Ramos leading them. In the attack, Vazquez was the change made, coming in for Rodrygo on the right-wing.
Atletico Madrid also came in with the same squad that played against Salzburg with only one change. Hector Herrera was starting in the midfield ahead of Saul Niguez.
REAL MADRID 2-0 ATLETICO MADRID ANALYSIS:
Real delivered when it mattered the most by winning three of the most crucial fixtures and getting back on track.
They looked threatening right from the beginning. Karim Benzema had two great chances in the starting 10 minutes. His first attempt was saved by Oblak and the second was fired wide.
In the 15th minute, Real broke the deadlock from a corner from Kroos that was headed brilliantly by Casemiro to the right corner of the net. Since that the game was dominated by the white side of Madrid. Real were moving the ball with ease and pressing up high when possible.
Atletico hardly had any chances and was not able to do anything. They were trying their best to keep hold of the ball against a determined side. Casemiro was booked for bringing down Felix from behind.
Diego Simeone made 3 changes right at the start of the second half in the hope of getting back into the game. It was again Real who started the second half glowingly and had the majority of possessions and chances. They had 2 great chances to steer ahead.
Right after Felix was subbed off, Carvajal scored a 20-yard screamer that hits the post and cannoned off the back of Oblak into the net. Unlucky for the goalkeeper for the own goal and Carvajal for not being able to claim for what could have been a peach of a goal.
That proved to be the deciding goal as Atletico was not able to do anything to shift the momentum to their side. And just like that Real Madrid won the first Derby of the season.
This was also a special night for Benzema as he became the non-Spanish player with the highest appearances of 528, overtaking Roberto Carlos.
Casemiro (8/10) (MOTM) –
It was a brilliant display from the Brazilian, scoring a beautiful header and was brilliant both defensive and offensive.
Dani Carvajal (7.5/10) –
He scored a screamer after returning from his injury, although it will be going as an own goal. He was active and intensive on the pitch.
Karim Benzema (7//10) –
He was not on the scoresheet, neither had he contributed to a goal. But that doesn’t mean he played bad. He was the perfect false 9. He was like the subject everyone was prepared for, but the questions were not the way they expected.
Thibaut Courtois(7/10) –
He was solid at the back and made plenty of crucial saves.
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