Another Ronaldo hat-trick; an unusually dominating performance from Real Madrid against Simeone's Atletico; a much-deserved victory at the end of it. Zidane really out-thought his opposite number here, and this is arguably Madrid's most impressive performance this season - no coincidence that it also came the night when Ronaldo decided to show us all that he still has some fight left in him
It was a very entertaining match, and t'was a pleasure bringing it to you!
Thank you for reading! Anirudh Menon signing out, and wishing you a pleasant night's sleep!
92' OH WOW. Correa with some magical footwork creates space in the crowded Madrid face, and he plays in Gameiro. The striker sells Varane a dummy expertly, but Navas comes charging out and saves what would have been a sure consolation goal!
91' TWO MINUTES ADDED ON... The Calderon is singing in loud defiance - this stadium has seen so much pain, and it's their unity in the face of adversity that has always seen them through - but Madrid are absolutely bossing it. If Benzema had made his pass a foot to the left, he would let Marcelo run into the box. They still have the ball, though
89' Atlético de Madrid have conceded three goals in a La Liga game for the first time with Jan Oblak as goalkeeper!! Real Madrid have been simply too good tonight
88' This one is rubbish, and Navas releases Bale to start another corner... and after some passing hither and thither, Carvajal sends in a teasing cross to Modric of all people! The little Croat can only head it high over the bar!
87' ooooo Superb shot from Carrasco, who has not stopped trying, forces Navas into making a good a save. From the corner, Madrid hold strong to clear; but they concede another corner!
86' SUBSTITUTION - Asensio ON, Vazquez OFF... Zizou is just giving his rusty subs a run out here. Wow.
85' Juanfran gets booked for a frustrated tackle on Bale. This is all Madrid - the ball is sticking to the feet of the men in white! James tries to play in Vazquez, but its cut out!
84' Ronaldo looks a touch annoyed at being changed. Of course he is. That's what makes him great.
83' SUBSTITUTION - The GREAT Ronaldo OFF, James Rodriguez ON
81' Koke puts the ball in from a corner, but the delivery is headed away. Correa keeps it alive with a spectacular bicycle kick pass across the box. Godin gets to it, but his swipe hits nothing but fresh air. *sigh*
80' Atleti try to salvage something, but Correa's ball into the box lacks conviction. Madrid are bossing this - Zidane has (to borrow a phrase from the inimitable Sam Allardyce) out-tacticed Simeone; that's something not many can boast of.
79' SUBSTITUTION - The utterly magnificent ISCO Off, Benzema On in his place. What does Zidane want? Seven goals?
Isco releases Bale and the Welshman is on his scooter and away from everyone - there's only one man who can keep up; and that's the same man i derided for having lost his pace a little while earlier. Bale squares it, and Ronaldo makes no mistake from six yards out.
Anyone still intent on writing him off?
76' Filipe Luis drives at Carvajal, but the Real Madrid man holds firm, and Real Counter........
75' Madrid are knocking the ball around to the background theme of 40,000 Atleti fans whistling with all their might. This is not a team that will be fazed so easily, though.
74' Koke finds Griezmann galloping into space, but the Frenchman is offside!
73' Carrasco has another shot from outside the box, once again it dribbles into the hands of Navas. oh and by the bye Gabi had got himself booked for dissent over the Ronaldo penalty decision - so he has to tread carefully now - not that that has ever stopped him
Ronaldo calmly rolls the ball into the far corner as the stadium goes deathly quiet
He celebrated with a thinker pose. Oh that magical man!
69' The corner sails clear of everyone in the box, and out for a goal kick.
68' OH ISCO! The little Spaniard smacks a ball towards the far post, but Oblak does superbly to save it. The resultant corner is worked short, and they win another corner.
67' Atleti swarm forward, and Carrasco has another pop from distance. This time it dribbles harmlessly into the hands of Navas - ATLETI NEED TO DO BETTER HERE IF THEY ARE TO HAVE A CHANCE!
66' Modric tries to release Ronaldo, but the great man does NOT have the pace to make the most of it. The reduction in his acceleration is increasingly becoming noticeable these days.
65' This is the last league derby at the Vicente Calderon as Atleti ready themselves to move to a new stadium - and this is not how the grand ol' stadium would have wanted this match to go. Real look more comfortable now, though!
64' Ronaldo looks UP for it! And Zidane looks mighty pleased - Real are leading the table with Ronaldo out of form; imagine what they can do with him IN FORM?
63' Isco gives the ball away to Carrasco - but shows superb character to win it back. It's worked out to the left, and Marcelo sends the ball in to the box, where Bale wins a knock-down... and a touch of handbags there!! RONALDO AND KOKE GET INVOLVED IN AN ALTERCATION AND BOTH GET BOOKED!
61' Real win a cheap freekick in their own area, and they start stroking the ball around.... SUBSTITUTIONS FOR ATLETICO - Gabi OFF, Angel Correa ON; Torres OFF, Gameiro ON... not quite the kitchen sink, but that's attacking intent shown by El Cholo - as it has to be
60' Torres is still such a terror running in behind defences with his long, fast, strides. Nacho has to dive in to divert it away from the striker's feet
59' Atletico get back to turning the cockscrew... but an overhit Koke pass kills the move!
58' Modric sends in a superb freekick, and Bale leaps with animal grace to meet it, but his thunderous header flies handsomely wide!
56' OOO REAL COUNTER AT EXTREME PACE, BUT MODRIC IS UNCHARACTERISTICALLY SLOPPY! The move is still on as Bale sticks in a ball that Ronaldo juuust can't get to! Carvajal sends it back in yet again and Savic does superbly to cut in in front of Ronaldo and keep it out!
55' Carrasco and Luis are bossing Vazquez and Carvajal down their flank, and they win yet another corner! Koke's ball in is superb, but Varane heads it way. It's sent back in, but the imperious Varane is right there to head it away! WHAT A CLEARING HEADER UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE YOUNG MAN!
53' After having remained invisible for the first 45 minutes,Griezmann is suddenly all over the pitch and he is pulling the strings as Atleti pull the noose tighter and tighter around Madrid.
52' Ohohoho! cheeky from Ronaldo as he tries to flick an Isco ball lazily with his back to goal. He's flagged offside - if that had gone it would have been massive - because Ronaldo was very much ON SIDE!
51' UFF!! Modric gives it away to Griezmann, and the Frenchman lets fly! Navas does well to save it, and hold on to it. IT IS ALL ATELTICO NOW! The Crowd are loving it! Saul goes down, and the players (and crowd) scream for a free kick. Nothing doing there.
50' OH GRIEZMAANNN!!! HE SKIPS INTO THE BOX, AND HE SENDS A BALL FLYING ACROSS THE FACE OF THE GOAL! WHERE WERE HIS TEAMMATES! IT'S ALL ATLETICO SO FAR!
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