Real Madrid’s French ahead Karim Benzema (L) vies with Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian defender Renan Lodi through the Spanish league soccer match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid on the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Madrid on December 12, 2020. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP
Real Madrid reignited their La Liga title push on Saturday beating leaders Atletico 2-0 as their metropolis rivals suffered a primary league defeat of the season.
Real, who salvaged their Champions League marketing campaign in midweek by making the final 16, moved to 3rd within the desk, three factors behind Atletico.
It was a disappointing evening for Diego Simeone’s facet who had boasted a 26-match unbeaten run within the league, stretching again to February.
Zinedine Zidane’s group have been in entrance after quarter-hour when Casemiro headed house a nook from Toni Kroos.
That was reward for Real’s early strain which had seen Karim Benzema denied by a superb save from Jan Oblak moments earlier.
Atletico, who additionally made the Champions League knockout spherical in midweek, struggled to make any impression and star striker Luis Suarez was an nameless determine up entrance.
Real went 2-0 up after 63 minutes with Kroos once more the supplier.
His go finally fell for Dani Carvajal who unleashed a 30-metre drive which hit the put up however was diverted into the web by the helpless Oblak.
The ‘keeper was credited with an own-goal for his troubles.