Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid: Talking Points and Observations
Pride, points and everything else was at stake tonight at the Wanda Metropolitano as Real Madrid traveled to face Atletico Madrid for a league tie between the inter-city rivals. Santiago Solari's men have won 5 of their last 6 games, drawing their last match, the Clasico at the Camp Nou. Atletico had come into the tie on the back of a loss against Real Betis, and Simeone's men aren't having the best of seasons, finding themselves fortunate to have been in the second position as every side around has been faltering as well.
Atletico has scored only 32 league goals in 22 league games, 3 less than 17th placed Celta Vigo. Although Atletico have never been known for their scoring prowess, they have been leakier in defence, having conceded 14 goals, leading to 8 draws and 2 defeats before tonight's game began.
Real Madrid started off the game a little wobbly, as Atletico looked quite impressive, despite not creating too many clear cut chances. Real won a corner in the 16th minute, and Sergio Ramos flicked the ball on to Casemiro, who had tons of space and time to execute a perfect scissor kick from 6 yards straight into Oblak's goal.
The goal marked the fastest ever away goal to be scored at the Wanda Metropolitano, again highlighting how truly wonderful Atletico's defence is. Real almost grabbed a second a minute later as Vinicius weaved his way past Arias before crossing the ball to Vasquez, who shot his volley into the skies, much to the teenager's frustration.
Angel Correa won the ball back from Vinicius in what VAR adjudged to be a fair play, and he slid the ball through Real's defence in the path of Griezmann, and the World Cup winner made no mistake in nutmegging the ball past Courtois to equalize for the home side.
Both sides had a couple of chances after that before Vinicius was brought down by Giminez and a controversial penalty was given. VAR held the decision up and Sergio Ramos fired Madrid into a first-half lead that they would not let slip.
Alvaro Morata had a superb goal rightly ruled out for offside minutes before Gareth Bale put the final nail in Atletico's coffin with a sublime finish from a tight angle after Luka Modric found him in acres of space. Here are some talking points from the win.
#1 Atletico need to get back in their groove
The Colchoneros have looked a shade off of their usual aggressive self this season, and their high league standing is mostly down to rivals faltering at the same time they are, with Real, Sevilla and Alaves all failing to capitalize every time Atletico had a poor result.
The Red and White army will have a week to recover from their thrashing before their games against Rayo Vallecano and Juventus. Unless they get their house in order quick, they seem to have quite a great chance of being knocked out by a Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus, who seem determined to winning Europe's top crown.