Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: 5 Things We Learned from Crucial Derby Win

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: 5 Things We Learned from Crucial Derby Win
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Following the weekend's disappointing goalless draw, Real Madrid bounced back with an impressive 4-1 win against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

In front of a hostile crowd at the Vicente Calderón, Los Blancos grabbed the full three points, restoring their four-point lead over reigning champions Barcelona.

Although heavily criticized for disappearing in big matches, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo put on a world-class display in what was a crucial game for the La Liga leaders. The Madrid No. 7 scored an emphatic hat-track and provided the assist for the fourth goal as well.

Ronaldo will be making all the headlines, and rightfully so, but it was a solid team effort from Real Madrid in the derby.

I was at the Vicente Calderón for the Madrid derby, and here are five things we learned from Real Madrid's impressive victory.

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