Real Madrid picked up the three points away to rivals Atletico in a hotly contested game on Saturday afternoon, with the result seeing them overtake their rivals in the league table.
The hosts made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Real Betis, their first league defeat in nearly five months, with fit again Diego Godin and Saul replacing Juanfran and Rodri in the starting 11.
Santiago Solari made four changes to the side that defeated Alaves 3-0 last Sunday, with Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez replacing Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho, Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale.
It took Los Blancos just 16 minutes to break the deadlock. A Toni Kroos corner was found by Sergio Ramos who headed towards an unmarked Casemiro who hit a sweet overhead past Oblak to grab the opener.
Nine minutes later and Atleti equalised. Angel Correa found Antoine Griezmann in the box to cooly slot past former Atleti keeper Thibault Courtois. The goal had initially been ruled out for offside, however it was rewarded following a VAR call from the referee.
Real captain Sergio Ramos regained his side’s advantage in the 42nd minute, scoring his eighth penalty of the season after Vinicius Jr was brought down in the box by Jose Gimenez. This was the first time Atleti have conceded two goals in the first half of a home game since moving to the Wanda Metropolitano in 2017.
VAR also made a couple of important calls for the hosts. The first of which ruled out Alvaro Morata’s presumed first goal for his new side as the Chelsea loanee was in an offside position. Atleti also made a strong call for a penalty but the appeals were turned down after Xavier Estrada viewed the footage.
Welshman Gareth Bale replaced Vinicius in the 57th minute and grabbed the winning goal of the game, collecting a Modric pass and calmly finishing low to grab his 100th goal for Real.
More heartbreak was to come for Los Colchoneros. Thomas Partey, who had earlier been booked for a clumsy challenge on Reguilon, received his marching orders in the 80th minute after stamping on Kroos’ ankle, ending all hopes for an Atleti comeback.
The result sees Real leapfrog Atleti into second place in the table, just a point ahead of their neighbours. Solari’s men welcome Girona to the Bernabeu in next Sunday’s early kick off looking to tighten the gap between themselves and leaders Barcelona.
Atletico will be looking to put an end to this losing run as they take the short six mile trip to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Lucas; Correa (Rodri, 65), Thomas, Saul, Lemar (Vitolo, 59); Morata (Kalinic, 71), Griezmann
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos (Ceballos, 84); Vazquez, Benzema (Mariano, 89), Vinicius Jr (Bale, 57)