Evening of shocks in Europe. In addition to PSG-OL and Milan-Naples, an enticing Atlético de Madrid-Real Madrid was on the La Liga program. A Madrid derby always electric, especially since Atlético absolutely had to win so as not to let themselves drop too much in the standings. First event for the Colchoneros, the tenure of Antoine Griezmann, who until then had to be content with coming into play in the last half hour. On the Real side, Ferland Mendy and Aurélien Tchouaméni also started.
And the promised electricity was quickly visible. The first faults immediately gave birth to small scuffles and Atlético seemed to be satisfied with them, like an immediately hot Simeone. Felipe, who rose to the fore on a free kick, sent a header just above the goals of Courtois (6th). Carrasco challenged Carvajal in the area and alerted Courtois (12th), who still had to work on the next corner. You understood, Atlético suffocated Real during the first quarter of an hour.
Atlético regained hope too late
But against Real, it is strongly advised to score on your highlights. Otherwise, the punishment is painful. New proof with a fantastic one-two between Rodrygo and Tchouaméni. The French dropped a ball love over the defense for the Brazilian who shot Oblak (0-1, 18th), and who could go dancing in front of the Colchoneros supporters. Atlético blamed the blow but went back on the attack, with Griezmann trying his luck at the entrance to the area, forcing Courtois to a new parade (25th). The following ? A classic: a combination between Modric and Vinicius, which seeped into the box and was in the post. Valverde landed and finished the job (0-2, 36th). Implacable.
Returning from the locker room, Atlético created danger on set pieces fired by a good Griezmann. The match remained tense and every contact was amplified by the players. Diego Simeone was waiting for the hour mark to make the first changes, with Cunha and Morata. Which does not change the visual impression of a Real Madrid in total control, sure of its strength. Ancelotti reinforced his defense by bringing in Rüdiger in place of Mendy. Atlético seemed to have given up but revived the suspense at the end of the match. With a very lucky but, from the shoulder, signed Hermoso, following a corner (1-2, 83rd). The fans regained their voice and the match its intensity, with a new crowd after a gross foul by Carvajal. Hermoso was even expelled for a foul on Ceballos, who had however largely added to it, at the end of the game. The icing on the cake for Real Madrid, more than ever at the top of La Liga, with a sixth victory in six days!
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