Real Madrid 2-0 Atlético Madrid result, summary and goals: LaLiga 2020-21
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: LaLiga live
Real Madrid 2-0 Atlético Madrid: Match report
Reuters - Real Madrid showed why they are La Liga champions with a convincing 2-0 win at home to leaders Atletico Madrid in the derby on Saturday to end the visitors' unbeaten start to the league season.
Real Madrid made a blistering start and deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute when Casemiro headed home from a corner, leaving Atletico behind for the first time in their 11th league game of the season.
Dani Carvajal put Zinedine Zidane's Real side further at ease with a stunning strike in the 63rd minute which came off the post and into the net off keeper Jan Oblak for an own goal.
Atletico were utterly outplayed by the champions and did not have any attempts on goal in the first half, while they failed to manage a shot on target until the 80th minute when Saul Niguez's header was saved by Thibaut Courtois. Reporting by Richard Martin
Real Madrid players celebrate their second goal in tonight's Madrid derby. The win over their neighbours Atleti sees them move to within three points of the top of the league.
Atlético's first defeat since February in LaLiga
Real Madrid broke Atleti's 26-game unbeaten run in the league tonight with their 2-0 victory at the Alfredo Di Stéfano.
The league season is long and we’re still top, we’ll go again. They have played better than us tonight especially in the first half and they are small margins that make the difference but we continue and go again.
We almost drew the game. We’re not thinking about who is going to win the league, but just looking forward to the Copa del Rey coming up this week.
Dani Carvajal post-match:
It has been a very difficult week for us. We played tonight against a tough Atlético side. We'll keep going - there are lots of games. We're doing well, its hard to know how the season will play out. It's not your typical season with injuries etc. We were well on top tonight, pressed high, they had two chances. We're still in a very early stage of the season, but it was important to win tonight and we have Athletic Club during the week. I had a new baby this week and there was no better way to celebrate the birth than the way I did!
FT: Real Madrid 2-0 Atlético Madrid
Just under a minute to go. Real Madrid definitely deserve to win tonight's Madrid derby.
Madrid earn a free-kick and slow it all down.
Still 2-0 to Madrid
We'll have four minutes of added-on time.
Oblak denies Vázquez at the near post. Excellent save to deny the Galician. Corner for Madrid.
Correa finds himself in behind the Madrid defence but he's flagged for offside.
Lemar hits it. Cleared at the front post by Madrid. Poor delivery.
Fede Valverde is about to come on for Madrid.
Atleti keep going. Madrid defending well and attacking when they can. Madrid pressing pretty hard.
Atleti go again! This time it's Thomas Lemar. Excellent play to make space for the shot, which sails over.
A goal there would have really made a game of it in the last 10 minutes. Still 2-0 to Madrid
Saúl's diving header is saved by Courtois to keep Madrid ahead by two.
Superb save from Courtois!
Real Madrid changes:
OFF Carvajal & Vinicius
ON Asensio & Rodrygo
Atlético have failed to produce many chances tonight.
Shot from Saúl! Goes well wide of the mark, but Atleti won't give up just yet.
Madrid looking to slow things down now and keep hold of the ball, with 15 to go. Recycling the ball from left to right.
That's another nasty one! This time it's Savic's studs on Benzema. Free to Madrid.
Atleti ready to make their fifth change of the night. Kondogbia coming in.
Some excellent intricate passing by Madrid, involving the in-form Lucas Vázquez, who has been a revelation this season.
Madrid working with a very compact two lines of four now as Atleti look to get a goal before it's all too late.
Atlético were unbeaten in 26 league games before tonight. Maybe Madrid will break that incredible run tonight. 2-0
Carvajal became a father earlier this week so he celebrates by sucking his thumb!
Super strike from Carvajal! It hits the post, hits Oblak and crosses the line. Madrid in the driving seat now!
Real Madrid 2-0 Atlético Madrid
Surprised to see João Félix go off and he is not happy at all!
OFF João Félix
The game is very even at the minute with just over a half an hour to play in the Spanish capital.
Saúl is about to enter the fray for Atleti
Lemar scored his first goal in 45 games last week against Valladolid and really should have really scored again. Still 1-0 to Madrid.
Big, big chance for Atleti to equalise!
Lemar hits the post!
How does he miss from there?
Of the three Atleti subs made at half-time, two have been booked within the opening five minutes of the second half.
Another effort, this time from Mendy, on his weaker right foot, he sends it up and over!
Ramos buries his free-kick into the wall!
Madrid have a free-kick just on the edge of the box. Ramos is over it.
Correa gets booked for a tackle right on the edge of the area!
Deserved card for Thomas Lemar for that challenge on Casemiro.
Lemar is only on the pitch and he smashes Casemiro!
OFF Felipe, Herrera & Carrasco
ON Correa, Lemar & Lodi
And we're underway for the second half!
Atlético set to make a couple of changes.
Lemar and Correa will come in.
The players are back out on the pitch!
A Casemiro header has Madrid ahead at the break.
HT: Real Madrid 1-0 Atlético Madrid
Lahoz speaks to Vinicius and Savic for handbags between the two.
Real Madrid deal really well with Atleti pressure just before half-time. Madrid have been the better side this half but Atleti are growing into the game.
Ramos heads away the second corner.
Sergio Ramos blocks the first attempt. Atleti get another go!
That is an excellent block by Felipe to deny a Modric strike from the edge of the box.
Madrid have 65.1% of the possession so far tonight.
Brilliant play from Benzema again. Lucas Vázquez crosses to the back stick but Oblak comes out and claims it.
10 minutes to go before the break! Atleti now looking more comfortable. Still 1-0 to Madrid.
This time it's Casemiro on João Félix. The Brazilian takes out Félix and picks up a yellow card.
João Félix kicks out at Casemiro, is nowhere near the ball but Mateu Lahoz waves it on, surprisingly.
Atleti now in a 4-4-2 formation, a system that isn't used like it once was but is working for Simeone's side this season.
Madrid are really up for this one! It's absolutely vital they don't lose tonight as that would send Atleti nine points clear of Los Blancos.
Half an hour played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano and it remains 1-0 to Real Madrid.
Nice combination play from Atleti but João Félix just overplays his pass.
Karim Benzema is not a No 9, nor a No 10, so some are saying he's a No 9.5
Toni Kroos is doing his stuff again, with another passing exhibition.
Courtois slaps away Carrasco's corner that was curled in over everyone's head.
Zinedine Zidane has an excellent head-to-head record against Simeone in La Liga, with Atletico’s last win against the neighbours coming back in February 2016.
Varane is not giving Luis Suárez a minute out there!
This is an Atleti side with a new emphasis on possession football. Much more than we have seen previously under Simeone.
Atleti now having a spell with the ball after Madrid dominance in the opening 15 minutes.
This is the first time this season that Atlético have gone behind! (in the league)
Real Madrid take the lead with a Casemiro header from a Kroos corner. Excellent header into the bottom corner.
Kieran Trippier is definitely benefitting from the change of system this season, which is also helped by having Marcos Llorente now settled into a midfield role on the right.
Atleti sitting quite deep at the minute. The majority of the play in their half. Madrid won't let them out.
It's actually an outstanding save from Oblak to knock it onto the post.
Benzema drives a left-footed shot from the edge of the box. Oblak gets a touch and it comes out off the post. Best chance of the game.
Benzema smacks the upright!
Atleti defending tonight in a 5-3-2 / 5-4-1. Carrasco and Trippier acting as wing-backs.
Only twice in their entire club history have Atlético made such a fast start to a season. 26 points from 30.
Zidane vs Simeone
What a midfield battle that would be!
Modric cracks an effort wide from 30 yards. Jan Oblak had it well covered. The game is beginning to open up.
Carrasco with Atleti's first attack of the game down the left hand side. Courtois collects and Madrid build again.
Atleti are winning the opening 50/50 battles.
It has started at 100 mph, as we expected!
Real Madrid are playing from right to left as we watch it!
Zidane and Simeone have a good laugh before kick-off! Simeone thumps Zidane in the chest, Materazzi style!
Mateu Lahoz is tonight's referee!
Diego Simeone’s side currently sit top of La Liga with 26 points from their first 10 games, the best record of any team across Europe’s top five leagues.
The teams are in the tunnel!
We'll be underway from the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano in 5 minutes!
Can Madrid break down Atlético's rock solid defence?
Atlético Madrid have conceded TWO goals in 900 minutes of LaLiga action so far this season!
Atlético make the short trip in the Spanish capital tonight to take on neighbours Real Madrid.
Follow all the action with us live!
Kick-off is just over 15 minutes away!
The Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano in Madrid is all set to host the first Madrid derby of the season.
Real Madrid vs Atlético: the Spanish capital is heating up
With Diego Simeone's side being touted as favourites for this season's LaLiga title, many see this trip to their neighbourly rivals as a chance to prove their credentials.
Zidane's engine room back to its best
Casemiro, Kroos and Modric have found some form as a midfield three in Zinedine Zidane's team, who are still competing on all fronts despite a shaky start this season.
Saúl starts on the bench
Saúl misses out tonight. Simeone has opted for Koke and Herrera in the centre of midfield.
Atlético's last three games
Atleti are unbeaten in 26 LaLiga games - beating Valladolid last time out at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Madrid's last three games
An important victory during the week over Borussia Monchengladbach helped Zidane's side book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Kick-off is in just 50 minutes time!
This is a huge clash tonight. If Atlético defeat Madrid, they will go nine points clear of their rivals.
Real Madrid-Atlético Madrid: All the stats ahead of tonight's Madrid derby
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos will make his 43rd overall appearance in the Madrid derby on Saturday, making him the player with the most capital city derby games in history. He currently shares that statistic with Manolo Sanchís and Paco Gento. Ramos and Karim Benzema (34 games) are the only active players in the top 10 with Koke (29 games) Atlético's highest appearance-maker in 18th on the list.
Atlético Madrid starting XI confirmed:
Oblak - Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso - Llorente, Herrera, Koke, Carrasco - Joao Felix, Suarez
Captain Koke: "We go with respect, but no fear"
The Madrid Derby
Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have met in 276 official games with an overall balance of 141 victories for Real Madrid, 68 wins for Atleti and 67 draws. In total, this fixture has produced 822 goals - 474 of them scored by Los Blancos and 348 by the Rojiblancos.
Diego Simeone on Real Madrid
"As I said yesterday, I feel admiration for our opponent and the players they have. They are maintaining a great level despite the amount of time they have been on top. Some of them they are 33, 34 or 35 and they are still young in their minds."
Zidane believes Atlético are favourites
As well as pointing to Diego Simeone's side as the ones to catch this season, Los Blancos' manager Zidane praised former Madrid player Marcos Llorente.
How and where to watch the Madrid derby
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