Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid: Hits and flops | LaLiga 2018-19
After a well fought draw against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinal, Los Blancos took on their eternal rivals Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico hoped to sustain their runner up position in the LaLiga race after a shocking defeat against Real Betis in their previous match.
Sergio Reguilon who has been pretty impressive this season replaced the veteran Marcelo while Courtois returned in place of Keylor Navas. Atletico was boosted by the return of Diego Godin while Lucas Hernandez shifted to a full-back role.
As expected, both teams came out with a lot of intensity, and Atletico initially had the upper hand by pressing high and putting pressure on the Madrid defence. Against the run of play, Casemiro scored a goal from a set piece but Griezmann soon equalised with a cool nutmeg to Courtois.
Ramos scored a penalty to give Madrid the lead just before half time. Bale scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid, and in the end, Real won the encounter 1-3. Here are the hits and flops from the game.
The Brazilian is a proven big match player and once again showed his worth with a clinical performance against Atletico Madrid. His defensive prowess and his ability to keep a calm head when the four-man Atletico Madrid midfield pressed hard to win back the ball was pretty impressive.
He guarded the defence with effortless ease, and that allowed Varane and Ramos to move further high up the pitch. The most amusing part of Casemiro’s game is his ability to get away with rough tackles, and this helped him engage in some physical midfield battles with Thomas Party and Thomas Lemar.
His striking ability continues to increase as he opened the scoring with a stunning overhead kick. The corner kick from Toni Kroos was deflected slightly by Sergio Ramos, and Casemiro made the most of it with a brilliant finish akin to a skilled striker. His battle with Frankie de Jong in midfield will be a joy to watch when Real Madrid clash with Ajax in the Champions League.