Real Madrid survived a late terror by defeating rivals Atletico Madrid 2-1 and claiming domestic bragging rights, as well as maintaining their perfect start to the new season with a ninth victory in all competitions.
Rodrygo and Federico Valverde scored great goals in the first half to put in a solid lead. Atletico substitute Mario Hermoso, who was sent off in stoppage time, cut the difference to threaten his comeback but it was too late.
Even from the early stages, the atmosphere of the derby was clearly visible. There were some quarrels between players in those exchanges, played with high intensity and powerful wizards.
Rodrygo helped create the first goal before he netted it, sprinting down the left and feeding Aurelien Chuamini before continuing his run towards the penalty area. The ball returned to him and the young Brazilian managed to finish the match impressively the first time after Jan Oblak.
Despite a good start at the start, it was midway through the first half when Atletico saw their first real goal as Antoine Griezmann led forward and tested Thibaut Courtois’ reach with a fine effort. Geoffrey Kondogbia had earlier just missed the mark with a long-range shot at 0-0.
Real Madrid’s goal had a bit of a shot from Atleti and the second goal after 35 minutes was not surprising. Vinicius Jr. was sent out in the race by one to two with Luka Modric. He hit the post from the inside, but the rebound was followed by a red-hot Valverde from a tight corner.
Signs of danger remain, as Yannick Carrasco forced Courtois to make a smart save shortly before the break after the Belgian winger injured Dani Carvajal inside and out. But once the second half started, Atleti’s woes faded further and Real took almost complete control.
With fairly few hosts and visitors in comfortable lead, the second half advanced without much in the way of proper action. Diego Simeone made the changes, putting Matthews Cunha, Alvaro Morata and Angel Correa in the game, yet it made little difference.
Real Madrid was sailing and he should have been able to see things without a problem. But the free kick and the lack of concentration gave Atletico an unexpected lifeline. Off the shoulder, Hermoso took advantage after Eder Militao inadvertently converted a corner kick away from Courtois’s punch.
Hermoso was eventually on the field for less than 20 minutes, booking a second time for a push on Dani Ceballos at a corner and giving his walk orders as a result. In the end, the dismissal killed the soul that Atleti was able to regain control of for a brief period.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak – 5/10 – Fewer saves than goals conceded.
Central Defence: Philip – 5/10 – The connection failed with an acrobatic filter attempt seconds before the riyal was recorded.
Playmaker: Axel Witsel – 6/10 – Another night in defense. He wasn’t facing proper ‘attackers’ and it was difficult to control the movement of the front three for Real.
CB: Rinaldo – 6/10 – Strong on the cover but took a yellow card in the first half. He had to watch his step after that but seemed to be coping reasonably well.
Right-back: Marcos Llorente – 5/10 – His work stopped trying to move forward when he had to keep an eye on Vinicius in the other direction.
cm: Coca-Cola (C) – 6/10 – Well done but that wasn’t enough.
cm: Jeffrey Kondogbia – 6/10 – He ran all over the field but most of his time was chasing the ball.
Midfielder: Rodrigo de Paul – 6/10 – I did well without excelling but ended up sacrificing for a tactical shift.
Left-back: Yannick Carrasco – 6/10 – Show your creative promise.
Attacker: Antoine Griezmann – 7/10 – Starting for the first time this season. He succeeded in saving Courtois and was the clearest source of danger.
Attacker: Joao Felix – 4/10 – Not in the game at all. I got stuck an hour later and went straight through the tunnel.
SUB: Matthews Cunha (62 minutes to Felix) – 5/10
SUB: Alvaro Morata (62 minutes for DePaul) – 5/10
SUB: Mario Hermoso (72 minutes for Carrasco) – 6/10
SUB: Angel Correa (73′ for Koke) – 5/10
Sub: Saul Niguez (81 minutes for Konogbia) – N / A
Coach: Diego Simeone – 6/10 – His team started bright but lost that fizz after falling behind and couldn’t find a way to get it back. The goal was too late.
GK: Thibaut Courtois – 6/10 – He did some good saves when called upon. Not driving enough for the accepted goal.
Right-back: Dani Carvajal – 7/10 – Enjoy some crucial defensive moments.
Central Defence: Eder Militao – 6/10 – Back from injury and barely misplaced a pass. Perhaps he should have done better when Atlético pulled one back.
CB: David Alaba – 6/10 – He was pretty much able to play the game in front of him and was very comfortable overall.
Left-back: Ferland Mendy – 6/10 – Able to move forward well.
Midfielder: Luka Modric (Midfield) – 7/10 – A killer pass made the second goal possible.
cm: Aurelien Chuamini – 8/10 – The ball was perfectly weighted to form the penetrating target. Earned it well too.
cm: Toni Kroos – 7/10 – Powerful pass and often looking forward.
RF: Federico Valverde – 8/10 – Able to break boundaries with his live action and ask questions by moving around the field. His red-hot figure was rewarded with another goal.
Attacker: Rodrygo – 8/10 – He kept his eye on the ball on his foot until he opened the scoring in a great way.
Left-back: Vinicius Junior – 8/10 – It’s a shame he didn’t score but he was a constant threat and contributed to the win just as much.
SUB: Antonio Rudiger (74 minutes for Mendy) – 6/10
SUB: Eduardo Camavinga (82 minutes for Modric) – N / A
SUB: Marco Asensio (86 minutes for Kroos) – N/A
SUB: Dani Ceballos (86 minutes to Rodrigo) – N / A
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti – 7/10 – In the face of the continued absence of Karim Benzema, but he got it right. He was then forced to think later as Atletico threatened to return but he realized.
Player of the match: Federico Valverde