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Tell me if you've heard this one before—Real Madrid are struggling and need a victory, Cristiano Ronaldo steps up with a huge performance against Atletico to win the derby.
Déjà vu, anyone? And CR7 even scored from a free kick.
This Madrid Derby was one of the most anticipated in recent years, with Atletico having the chance to go home with an eight-point lead over their rivals.
In the end, the result was as predictable and typical of this near non-rivalry as it has been for over a decade.
Both teams were extremely sloppy, few players had truly exceptional performances and once again Ronaldo proved to be the game changer.
The first half was a pretty unexciting affair for neutrals aside from a spectacular free-kick goal from CR7.
Both defenses were pretty incredible for most of the match while the midfield units were both uncharacteristically sloppy.
Mesut Ozil had one of his better matches this campaign, but aside from a goal that came while he was unmarked and a great cross that Ronaldo sent to the bar, the German had a less than stellar performance—completing less than 80 percent of his passes.
Atletico's stars were visibly nervous and increasingly sloppy as the game wore on.
Los Rojiblancos continued to show that they have yet to shake their inferiority complex that appears to show up every time they play their rivals.
In the immediate future, as it relates to the title race, this match means very little.
Madrid are still 11 points behind Barcelona while Atletico hold a five-point lead over Los Merengues.
Long-term, however, this match could prove a pivotal moment for both clubs.
All of the dreams about lifting the La Liga title could have ended for Atleti and they may now even start their slide out of second place.
Madrid could use this match as inspiration for a historic recovery, even though winning the title is a very long shot at this point.
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