Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Outstanding Ronaldo Seals Win in Derby
Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Di María; Özil, Cristiano; Benzema
Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Gabi, Mario Suárez, Arda, Koke, Diego Costa; Falcao
A second consecutive outstanding performance from Ronaldo sealed the win here.
Let's see which team rebounds best and closes in on Barcelona in the coming weeks.
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With this result, Madrid close the gap behind Atleti to just five points.
Here are the top three point totals after 15 weeks of play.
Atletico Madrid—34 points
Real Madrid—29 points
That's it! Madrid have won yet another Derby and Atleti's awful streak continues until at least the spring.
91'—Mourinho uses his final sub and it's to bring on the young Jose Mourinho for Karim Benzema.
90'—We're now left only with stoppage time and the game looks sealed at this point.
Neither team was clean and the game was a bit too tense, but Madrid will love closing the gap beneath Atleti to just five points.
87'—Ozil is subbed off for Modric with just a few minutes left to play.
Not an elite performance from Ozil, but his goal will surely help him get some confidence back.
85'—Falcao is the next Atleti player carded, this time for fouling Callejon near midfield.
Wow, incredibly telling stat from OptaJose:
64.6% - Atletico Madrid have only completed the 64.6% of their passes, their worst percentage in La Liga this season. Nervous— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 1, 2012
80'—Tiago has words with Sergio Ramos after the defender kicks him while on the ground. It looked accidental, but the midfielder takes offense anyway.
78'—Adrian Lopez makes a great run down the left flank and wins a corner, but the effort is cleared away and Madrid make another great counter-attack.
Ozil sends an exquisite ball to Ronaldo and the Portuguese shoots, but his effort again goes off the bar.
75'—Chance for Madrid!
It is Ronaldo and his shot hits off the bar. Excellent match from CR7 tonight.
74'—Benzema goes down just outside of the box and Miranda is given a yellow card.
Madrid are once in again in great position to score. Ozil should take this one given the location, but CR7 could try it.
72'—Subs for Atleti
Koke comes off for Adrian Lopez and Tiago comes on with Gabi making way for him.
71'—Once again it's Atleti's left flank that proves a huge liability as Callejon is left alone out wide.
He sends a shot on goal, but Courtois is up to it and smothers the ball.
2 or 3 consecutive defensive mistakes give CR space and time to give Ozil an easy chance to score 2-0. Min 20. Game over? Seems so.— This Is Atleti (@thisisatleti) December 1, 2012
Özil scores, Real 2-0 Atlético. Great pass from Ronaldo, very poor marking. Atléti just turn into puppies when they have to face Real.— Sidonie Blaugrana (@SidonieM10) December 1, 2012
69'—Jose Callejon is coming on for Angel di Maria, who did not have an exceptional match at all.
More on the goal
Now we feel Filipe Luis' absence in the derby.
Ronaldo, Benzema, and Ozil go on a great counter and find themselves evenly matched in the box.
Ronaldo's pass to Benzema is blocked, but no one stays with Ozil and the German sends a tough shot in for the second goal.
This one looks to be over with Atleti really struggling to make chances on goal.
64'—Falcao looks a bit more threatening, but is still struggling to find the ball.
A long ball is sent over the Madrid defense and Casillas has to run out to clear.
Pepe is doing a fine job marking the Colombian and neutralizing him much like he has been in the past month.
For all the stoppages and fouls in this game, that's only the 3rd yellow card awarded tonight.— Gary Linton (@AlbaEspana) December 1, 2012
60'—Chance for Madrid
Ronaldo's kick gets deflected toward goal and the Belgian keeper makes a great save to keep the game within reach.
59'—Juanfran earns a yellow card after fouling Ronaldo and has the Portuguese in great range to score a second here.
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