Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: La Liga Live Score, Highlights and Recap
Real Madrid moved six points ahead of Atletico Madrid with a derby day win on Saturday evening at the Vicente Calderon.
The visitors, who made eight changes with Borussia Dortmund in mind, went behind after just three minutes when Radamel Falcao was allowed to head home at the far post.
Parity was instantly restored though, Angel Di Maria's soft free kick deflected off Juanfran and beyond Thibaut Courtois.
Atleti were on top at the start of the second half, as they dreamed of their first win against their neighbors for 14 years.
They were dealt a cruel blow though when Karim Benzema picked out Di Maria's wonderful run for the Argentinian to score what would prove the winner.
La Liga: Vicente Calderon, Madrid. 1400 ET 2000 CET
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid (Falcao - Juanfran OG, Di Maria)
Atletico Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Juanfran, Diego Godín, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Mario Suarez ("Cebolla" Rodriguez), Gabi; Koke, Raul García (Adrian), Diego Costa; Radamel Falcao
Substitutes: Segio Asenjo; Cata Diaz, Emiliano Insua, Tiago Mendes, Oliver Torres
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez; Michael Essien (Raphael Varane), Raul Albiol, Ricardo Carvalho, Nacho Fernandez; Pepe, Sami Khedira; Angel Di Maria (Luka Modric), Kaka (Xabi Alonso), Alvaro Morata; Karim Benzema.
Substitutes: Iker Casillas; Mesut Ozil, Jose Callejon, Gonzalo Higuain
It was far from a classic, but Jose Mourinho will be delighted to see his men clinch another derby win. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone will be left wondering if there really is a jinx over this fixture.
Real Madrid move six points ahead of Atleti and, with a better head-to-head as well, look certainties for second spot now.
Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
90 - Great interception from Carvalho
"Cebollo" Rodriguez bursting run looked to have the perfect through ball too, but Ricardo Carvalho's timely interception cancelled out a free run on goal for Costa.
89 - Still nothing looking likely...
As we tick towards stoppage time there's still no sign of Los Rojiblancos even testing Diego Lopez. All the gusto they had early on disappeared with that Di Maria goal.
85 - Side netting from Filipe Luis!
Great piece of skill from Adrian sets up Filipe. The Brazilian full-back's shot, from about 10 yards out, flies harmlessly into Diego Lopez's side netting though.
84 - Atleti pressure...
...comes to nothing still. Adrian is played in behind the Madrid defense on Atleti's right side, his cross lacks quality though. So too, do all the following attempts to help the ball into the Madrid area.
80 - Into the last 10 minutes
What have Atleti got? They've worked hard tonight but find themselves trailing a derby once again. Can they find a way back into the game?
Nothing to suggest yes just yet.
78 - The good and the bad of Pepe
Pepe gets back to defend well and apply some pressure on Diego Costa to nullify the Atleti threat. He then drops down holding his face - replays show no reason why.
76 - Changes for both sides
"Cebolla" Rodriguez replaces Mario Suarez for Atleti and Luka Modric comes on for Madrid in place of Di Maria.
74 - Diego Costa booked
The Brazilian goes down looking for a penalty, but the referee deems it a dive and books him.
72 - Atletico substitution
Adrian comes on for Raul Garcia
71 - Good play from Morata
The young forward goes on a decent run and fires a low shot at Courtois from 20 yards. The Belgian makes a fine save.
70 - Real Madrid substitution
Raphael Varane replaces Michael Essien.
67 - Real Madrid substitution
Xabi Alonso comes on for Kaka.
63 - Madrid lead against the run of play!
Benzema's ball is good but Di Maria's run across, and then behind, the Atleti defense is even better. The Argentinian then cooly finishes into the bottom corner.
GOOOOOOOOOL DE MADRID
61 - Penalty appeal for Atleti
Falcao is bumped from behind by Essien on the edge of the six yard box, Atleti are desperate for a penalty but the referee's not at all interested.
60 - Atleti still on top
56 - Wonderful opportunity for Gabi!
Gabi plays a tidy one-two with Raul Garcia and with the whole target to aim at, he shots horribly wide of the post. What a chance.
...seconds later Garcia flashes an effort wide from 20 yards. It was struck with much more authority than Gabi's just before.
55 - Really frustrating opening to the second period
Neither side has gained a foothold yet and both teams are just lacking a little bit of quality in the final third... When they get there.
49 - Chance for Raul Garcia
The Atleti midfielder arrives late at the far post and, out jumping Nacho, powers a header at Diego Lopez. Lopez's height certainly helped him keep the ball out just under the crossbar.
46 - Second half is underway
Atletico Madrid kick off the second 45 - no changes.
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