Happily taking advantage of Real's defensive largesse, Atlético emerged victorious this Sunday from the Madrid derby (3-1), thanks to a double from Alvaro Morata and a goal from Antoine Griezmann, its French spearhead. Leaders before this 6th day of La Liga, the Merengues must, with this defeat, give up the top of the table to FC Barcelona. Now 3rd with 15 points, they are still ahead of their tormentors of the evening (5th, 10 points), who have found colors.
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Real's difficulties were visible from the first moments of the match, played in a Metropolitano that was just waiting to ignite. Morata gave him a good reason to do so, opening the scoring in the 4th minute, winning a Samuel Lino centre. Enough to expose Madrid's defensive largesse, which Griezmann did not hesitate to exploit in turn, a few minutes later.
Boulevards on the wings
On a beautiful collective sequence of the Colchoneros, the Frenchman, alone at the penalty point, rose high enough to place a nice cross header, unstoppable for Thibaut Courtois (2-0, 18th). Underwater, the Merengues still sounded the revolt at the end of the first half, reducing the gap on a clear half-volley from Toni Kroos, from outside the box (2-1, 35th). Emerging as a fox of the surfaces, on a post of David Alaba, Eduardo Camavinga even thought to equalize (44th), but saw his goal disallowed for an offside at the beginning of the action.
The efforts of Carlo Ancelotti's men to get back to the score, however, were reduced to nothing as soon as the dressing room returned. Once again overwhelmed on the wings, they could only watch, helplessly, the long center of Saul land on the skull of Morata, completely forgotten at six meters (3-1, 46th). Despite a new header from Mario Hermoso, this one on the post (54th), the score then did not move, Real being satisfied with a sterile possession under the "Olé" of the opposing public. The absence of Vinicius, due to gastroenteritis according to some Spanish media, was clearly felt.