Real Madrid continued the spectacular run of form when it comes to the Madrid derby with rivals Atletico Madrid by winning 2-0. Both goals arrived early on in the first half with Ricardo Carvalho and Mesut Ozil being the goal scorers.
We dominated most of the game in terms of possession, chances created and eventually emerged triumphant in the end. Atletico on the other hand had a few chances to make the game highly interesting after we had taken the lead but they failed to capitalise on those chances.
Our intentions of being on the attack was made clear in the 7th minute when Khedira put the ball in the back of the net after de Gea spilled the ball for the German but he was offside.
We didn’t have to wait long after that for the first goal though. After Alonso dispossessed Reyes in the midfield (which Atletico players thought was a foul) the ball came to di Maria who’s through ball deflected off of Ujfalusi and fell into the path of an on rushing Carvalho who slotted the ball home with his right foot from inside the box. Real Madrid were 1-0 up in the 13th minute.
6 minutes later, we won a free kick after Ronaldo was brought down just outside the box and surprisingly it was Ozil who prepared to take it rather than the Portuguese himself. The German didn’t disappoint as his left footed free kick went past the defender who tried to prevent it from going in with De Gea completely beaten. Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid with 19 minutes gone.
From then on, the chances didn’t come frequently or as smoothly as they did early on. Atletico had a few chances of their own with Forlan going just wide after Iker and Pepe put pressure on him. Aguero also proved lively and energetic like always by providing assists for Forlan and getting shots on goal for himself.
Despite Reyes, Forlan and Kun Aguero providing the volatility that Atletico needed to stage a comeback, our defence stood strong and prevented it from happening. Whenever the defence was breached, Iker was on guard to prevent the ball from going in.
Atletico had a decent shout for a penalty after Alonso handled the ball in the area while trying to defend the shot from a corner. Should have been a penalty in my opinion. We also had a penalty shout of our own when di Maria was brought down in the box but replays clearly suggested the defender got the ball and the Argentines’ feet both.
In the second half, Atletico came close to getting one goal back when Forlan’s right foot shot from outside the box hit the sidebar with Casillas left stranded.
The second half didn’t produce much that would have resulted in a goal for either sides. Reyes went close with his left footed long range effort which nearly missed hitting the top corner.
Marcelo’s through ball for Ozil with a defender by his side and the keeper to beat was a glorious chance for us to put the game beyond reach but Ozil’s shot was defended very well and resulted in a corner.
Another glorious chance arrived for Sergio Ramos courtesy a Xabi Alonso cross with the defender glaringly missing an open header with only the keeper to beat.
In the final minutes of the game, Carvalho was brought out with a cut near his eye after an elbow to his face. He is likely to be out of the Copa del Rey game in the midweek at the maximum.
At the full time whistle, Real Madrid were 2-0 winners over Atletico Madrid. The record of 11 years without losing to the city rivals continues.
At the end of things, a special mention for Carvalho who scored one goal and was simply superb in defence. He made some telling interventions, blocks and tackles to keep Atletico at bay and maintain our perfect record and also a clean sheet for the side.
A fitting image to bring the post to a close.