Real Madrid have been victorious in Saturday’s massive derby, beating league leaders Atletico Madrid 2-0 to shut the hole on the prime in a spirited show.
Los Blancos got here inside millimetres of breaking the impasse inside ten minutes, when Karim Benzema struck a vicious effort arrowing in direction of the highest nook, just for Jan Oblak to provide a sensational fingertip save.
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The hosts did not have to attend lengthy earlier than taking the lead nevertheless, as Toni Kroos’ nook was met completely by Casemiro, who powered an excellent header low and arduous contained in the close to submit.
Madrid doubled their lead simply after the hour mark, when Dani Carvajal’s sensible long-range half-volley crashed off the submit, bounced off Oblak and bobbled over the road. Atleti didn’t get again into the sport, and it ended with a 2-0 win for the hosts.
Let’s take a look at the participant scores after a fractious night in the Spanish capital.
A Captain’s embrace | Angel Martinez/Getty Images
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 8/10 – Pulled off an vital first-half cease to show a looping ball away from hazard. Denied Saul with an important second-half claw away to maintain the rating at 2-0. Vital.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – 8/10 – Madrid benefitted vastly from Carvajal’s return to the defence. Dealt with Carrasco’s tempo and Felix’s trickery. Unleashed an absolute screamer to double the lead in the second half.
Sergio Ramos (CB) – 8/10 – Acted as the decoy for Casemiro’s header, with everybody nervously eyeing his motion. Did his defensive duties with typical fashion.
Raphael Varane (CB) – 7/10 – Looked extra snug with Ramos at his aspect. Solid, powerful, no nonsense. Onto the following one.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – 7/10 – Fairly strong on his flank. Never actually threatened though did lose his man on a few events. Growing.
An enormous purpose | Angel Martinez/Getty Images
Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 – Dragged a good probability broad early on. Played some neat soccer and all the time regarded to penetrate Atleti’s midfield.
Casemiro (CM) – 8/10 – Broke the impasse with an ideal header into the close to submit. Collected a normal yellow card for chopping down Felix in movement.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 8/10 – Superb supply to plonk the ball on Casemiro’s head for the opening purpose. Inches from profitable a penalty, however was introduced down simply exterior the field.
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Lucas Vazquez (RW) – 7/10 – Much extra snug in his extra offensive position than in earlier weeks. Moved again later on to offer Carvajal a breather.
Karim Benzema (ST) – 8/10 – Rattled the woodwork with a fierce drive on ten minutes. Fluffed his strains seconds after with a volley. So, so good at bringing others into the sport. A masterclass in enjoying for the staff.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – 6/10 – Tricky, however flitted in and out of the sport. A risk at occasions, however nothing to shout about.
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Rodrygo (RW) – 6/10
Marco Asensio (LW) – 7/10
Federico Valverde (CM) – 6/10
Defence breached | Angel Martinez/Getty Images
Jan Oblak (GK) – 7/10 – Monstrous save to disclaim Benzema with the firmest of fingertips. Had no probability in stopping Casemiro’s opener. So unlucky that the ball rebounded off his again for the second.
Stefan Savic (CB) – 7/10 – Looked agitated all evening and bought into loads of arguments with the referee and opponents. I would not fancy going through him.
Felipe (CB) – 6/10 – Solid first half, however sacrificed at half-time as Simeone modified the form of his aspect.
Mario Hermoso (CB) – 7/10 – Almost handed Real the lead by surrendering possession deep in his personal half. Little probability to cease both purpose.
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Kieran Trippier (RWB) – 6/10 – Put in some good deliveries from broad and defended nicely, but it surely simply wasn’t meant to be. A tricky night in opposition to Vinicius.
Hector Herrera (CM) – 5/10 – Slipped in his makes an attempt to mark Casemiro from the nook, and left his goalkeeper with no probability. Didn’t do sufficient to keep up his place for the second half.
Koke (CM) – 5/10 – Almost sparked a mass brawl by hammering the ball into Vinicius’ shins after the whistle had blown. Tetchy. Offered much less in open play.
Marcos Llorente (CM) – 6/10 – Fairly nameless and struggled in opposition to the energy of Casemiro and the guile of Kroos and Modric. Better than others, although.
Yannick Carrasco (LWB) – 5/10 – Pretty tame first half as Carvajal very a lot had his quantity. Not allowed to play any additional half – subbed at half-time.
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Joao Felix (ST) – 6/10 – Struggled to get on the ball, however all the time induced chaos and panic when he did. Not at his glowing greatest, and subbed early in the second half.
Luis Suarez (ST) – 5/10 – Intent on making his mark in opposition to an outdated foe. Unfortunately did not get wherever close to threatening the purpose.
Lemar in motion after coming off the bench | OSCAR DEL POZO/Getty Images
Renan Lodi (LB) – 7/10
Angel Correa (RW) – 6/10
Thomas Lemar (LW) – 5/10
Saul Niguez (CM) – 7/10
Geoffrey Kondogbia (CM) – 6/10