Goals from Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid an emphatic victory against their fierce neighbours, Atletico Madrid in yesterday’s Madrid derby.
Santiago Solari’s men gave their all in a match that saw them come out 3-1 winners over Diego Simeone’s gladiators at the Wanda Metropolitan stadium.
Real took the lead when Sergio Ramos’ header from a corner went towards a free Casemiro — who took an audacious over head kick past Atletico’s Jan Oblak.
Less than ten minutes after Real went ahead, Atletico equalized thanks to Antoine Griezmann. Angel Correa had infringed (VAR reviews showed it was a soft tackle) Vinicius Jnr, before putting Griezmann through on goal with a beautiful pass, and the French man shot the ball through Courtois legs to make it 1-1.
The fiesty derby– with lots of yellow cards to show for it– was looking to end in a first half draw until Gimenez clamped down Vinicius in the box and the centre referee wasted no time pointing for a penalty. Real Madrid’s captain, Sergio Ramos, stepped up and restored Los Blancos’ lead.
The second half continued in the fiesty fashion, but evenly contested until Gareth Bale came on and stabbed a killer dagger to the Atletico fans’ hopes. The Welsh man scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid when he gave Solari’s side a reassuring 3-1 lead in the 74th minute.
Things went from bad to worse for Simeone’s side as they were reduced to 10 men, with Thomas Partey receiving a red card for a nasty challenge on Toni Kroos. All hopes were now lost as Real Madrid secured a great victory to climb ahead of their City Rivals on the league table.
Real Madrid became the first side in Laliga history to record 600 away victories. A record they will be very proud of as giants of Spain. Also, before the derby, Atletico had only conceded four goals at the Wanda, only for Real to stab three goals past their ever dogged defence.
The win also further confirmed Real Madrid’s resurrection under Santiago Solari, as they have now managed 10 wins, 2 losses and a draw under the new manager.