Atletico Madrid outplayed metropolis rivals Actual Madrid to earn a 1-0 win on Sunday night time that betrayed the wealth of possibilities created within the membership’s first La Liga victory within the capital derby since 2016.
Whereas Actual have the league sewn up – and solely returned to coaching on Saturday after their European heroics – Atletico’s Champions League qualification is much from safe. The hosts promptly performed just like the aspect with a objective.
Throughout the opening eight minutes, Atletico squandered a pair of wonderful possibilities by urgent the guests excessive up the pitch as Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco each failed to check Real‘s stand-in goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.
Atletico maintained their stress, penning Actual into their very own half. Matheus Cunha had a shot blocked earlier than sprinting in direction of the penalty field after one other excessive turnover.
The Brazilian ahead was sandwiched by Eder Militao and Jesus Vallejo as he dawdled whereas lining up a shot. However Cunha’s hesitancy was rewarded with a penalty as a VAR assessment revealed Vallejo’s clumsy problem. Carrasco coolly transformed to present Atletico a heartily deserved Fortieth-minute lead.
Actual obtained out of their armchairs for the second half. Aided by Atletico easing off their press, the freshly-crowned champions dedicated swathes of white shirts ahead.
But, this solely left area behind Actual which Atletico burst into however could not absolutely exploit. Carrasco whizzed a shot narrowly over the bar simply minutes earlier than Antoine Griezmann robbed Eduardo Camavinga on midway. Driving ahead, the half-time substitute teed up Cunha for a golden one-on-one solely to see the Brazilian meekly roll a shot into Lunin’s midriff.
Carlo Ancelotti made seven adjustments to the XI that so dramatically knocked out Manchester Metropolis in midweek. The regular introduction of those stellar names bolstered Actual’s flickering menace.
Nonetheless, Atletico continued to carve out possibilities which they discovered new methods to overlook. Griezmann missed the goal twice in fast succession from a pair of photographs contained in the penalty earlier than Carrasco hit the within of the publish. As Diego Simeone watched the ball agonisingly spin in entrance of the goal-line he turned to the heavens in despair.
El Cholo’s prayers had been answered as Atletico managed to hold onto an important derby win that moved them six factors away from fifth-placed Actual Betis with three video games to go.
GK: Jan Oblak – 7/10 – Sharp reactions to Actual’s sporadic makes an attempt at his aim.
RB: Sime Vrsaljko – 6/10 – Providing an choice extensive on the appropriate which was recurrently unused.
CB: Stefan Savic – 7/10 – Carried out what defensive work he had with out a lot fuss.
CB: Jose Maria Gimenez – 6/10 – Just a little too desperate to advance Atletico up the pitch at occasions.
LB: Reinildo – 7/10 – Held a strong, reserved place, staying again in help of his centre-backs moderately than bombing ahead on the overlap.
RM: Marcos Llorente – 6/10 – Drifting centrally, Llorente’s lung-bursting surges across the pitch weren’t all the time picked out however his teammates – a lot to his evident frustration.
CM: Geoffrey Kondogbia – 8/10 – Sensible bullying off the ball however adept at punching a move between the strains whereas in possession as effectively.
CM: Koke – 7/10 – Pushing onto the shoulder of the Actual midfielder closest to receiving the ball, Koke performed a delicate however essential function in limiting the choices his opponents had in possession.
LM: Yannick Carrasco – 8/10 – A repeat wriggling menace, Carrasco made up for his early squandering with a crisp penalty.
ST: Angel Correa – 5/10 – Light from the sport after losing a transparent sight of aim inside the primary 5 minutes earlier than getting hooked at half-time.
ST: Matheus Cunha – 6/10 – Fortunate to win a penalty when he turned down presentable choices however his direct working was a menace in that transfer and elsewhere.
SUB: Antoine Griezmann (46′ for Correa) – 7/10 – Rather more concerned than Correa, Griezmann wreaked havoc with the ball at his ft – or rolled underneath his studs.
SUB: Felipe (73′ for Reinildo) – 5/10
SUB: Rodrigo de Paul (89′ for Cunha) – N/A
SUB: Renan Lodi (90+3′ for Carrasco) – N/A
GK: Andriy Lunin – 7/10 – On his first-ever La Liga look for Actual Madrid, Lunin began shakily however grew in confidence, making an important one-on-one save with Cunha within the second half.
RB: Lucas Vazquez – 4/10 – Struggled – as most would – towards Carrasco within the kind he discovered the Belgian in on Sunday night time.
CB: Eder Militao – 5/10 – Pressured into backing up Vazquez when the transformed winger was caught up the pitch, Militao had a combined (however higher than Vazquez) time defending Carrasco.
CB: Jesus Vallejo – 3/10 – Consistently seemed outnumbered even with teammates round him, needlessly trod on Cunha for the penalty after he had misplaced possession.
LB: Nacho Fernandez – 7/10 – Taking part in like an adventurous, orthodox left-back, the right-footed however versatile Nacho was tasked with offering Madrid’s width down his flank in possession however was recurrently again to assist defensively.
CM: Eduardo Camavinga – 5/10 – Peppered the sport with flashes of guile however struggled to stamp extra of an affect on proceedings.
CM: Casemiro – 7/10 – Scuttling in entrance of Actual’s field fantastically, how typically Casemiro’s imperious faucet tackles and pinches of possession had been required could have undoubtedly unnerved Carlo Ancelotti.
CM: Toni Kroos – 4/10 – Flustered and hurried, Kroos was significantly unsettled by Atletico’s excessive press.
RW: Marco Asensio – 4/10 – Very like Actual’s reverse winger, Asensio performed very narrowly when in possession, working into crowds and purple and white.
ST: Luka Jovic – 4/10 – A final-minute substitute forward of kick-off, Jovic virtually had as many touches as he would have had on the bench.
LW: Rodrygo – 5/10 – Skirted across the fringes of the match, the Champions League saviour was sharp on the uncommon events he obtained the ball within the ultimate third.
SUB: Vinicius Junior (61′ for Jovic) – 6/10 – Added the thrust and trickery he has demonstrated all season.
SUB: Federico Valverde (61′ for Casemiro) – 6/10 – Drove because the crow flies in direction of aim each time he obtained on the ball, rattling off a flurry of photographs that whistled close to the goalframe.
SUB: Luka Modric (68′ for Kroos) – 6/10
SUB: Ferland Mendy (69′ for Militao) – 5/10