Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid: 3 takeaways | LaLiga 2018-19
Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 1-3 at the Wanda Metropolitano in the Madrid derby yesterday to climb to 2nd position on the league table. Real now have 45 points from 23 matches while Atletico stay on 44 from the same number of matches.
Casemiro opened the scoring for Real in the 16th minute, but Atletico equalised through Antoine Griezmann in the 25th minute. Sergio Ramos converted a penalty in the 42nd minute and Gareth Bale increased the deficit in the 74th minute to complete a resounding win for Los Blancos.
Madrid still trail leaders Barcelona by 5 points, and would probably have to beat their arch-rivals on 2nd March in order to have a realistic chance of winning LaLiga.
We now take a look at 3 takeaways from yesterday’s match.
#1 Karim Benzema’s passing, Vinicius’ speed and Lucas Vasquez’s skills were too much for Atletico
Real’s front 3 comprising of Benzema, Vinicius, and Vazquez started troubling the Atletico defence from the beginning and fashioned a memorable win for the Whites. Benzema dropped down to the middle third repeatedly to get hold of the ball and played some crucial lateral passes to the overlapping fullbacks and midfielders.
One such pass led to a corner for Real in the 15th minute and they managed to score through it. Casemiro's diving side volley found its way past Jan Oblak, Atletico’s goalkeeper. However, Atletico equalised soon after, as Vinicius lost the ball and Griezmann made use of a through ball by slotting it past Thibaut Courtois.
Vinicius atoned for his mistake some minutes later, as he tried to penetrate the Atletico penalty box after beating their right-back with his blistering speed, but was fouled inside the box. Ramos scored his 84th goal for Real from the penalty spot.
Bale came in as a substitute in the second half and scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid. Real started with a 4-3-3 formation, but it was a lopsided one, and often became 4-4-2, as right winger Vazquez played in a more defensive position at times.
However, Vazquez impressed with his timely touches and understanding of the game and exchanged some passes with right-back Dani Carvajal in the final third.