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La Liga

  • 1 December 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
  • • Attendance: 79000

Live Commentary

  • And that's that. Madrid now unbeaten in 24 games over Atleti. Was fairly routine in the end. That's all from me. Until next time.
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionKarim Benzema José Rodríguez
  • 90' + 1'
    Well, Atleti will have to wait a little while longer to get that elusive win over their rivals. More important, however, is that Madrid's victory leaves Atleti six points behind Barcelona in the title race.
  • 90'
    Into stoppage time now. A third of the crowd have already left.
  • 89'
    Falcao appeared to be clear for a minute then. He instead turned inside and played the ball square to Adrian, who was shrugged aside by Ramos and so decided to take a massive dive. Nothing doing.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionMesut Özil Luka Modric
    And Modric will have a little run out for the last couple of minutes.
  • 86'
    Ole, ole, ole. Every pass being cheered by the home crowd now.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Radamel Falcao
    Falcao goes into the book for a late challenge on Callejon. How he's been booked and Diego Costa hasn't is something of a mystery.
  • 83'
    Simeone's side know the jig is up here.
  • 81'
    Still lots of silly little challenges going in, this time Godin and Ramos have a bit of a wresting as Xabi Alsonso's free kick came into the box.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Mario Suárez
  • 78'
    SubstitutionArda Turan Raúl García
  • 78'
    Ronaldo's hit the woodwork again. Well that would have been brilliant. Fabulous long pass down the line from Benzema to find Ozil, whose ball into the box for Ronaldo was just as good. His shot cannoned back off the post with Courtois beaten.
  • 76'
    "Ole ole ole, cada dia te quiero mas", sing the Madrid faithful. I'm guessing that is directed at Mourinho.
  • 75'
    Ronaldo strikes the free kick, and it smashes off the bar. Great strike, very unlucky not to result in Madrid's third.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Miranda
    Benzema twists, turns, and wriggles away from a couple of challenges before being tripped right on the edge of the box by Miranda.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionKoke Adrián
  • 73'
    SubstitutionGabi Tiago
  • 73'
    Well, Atleti aren't going to get anything here. So, also in 1999, Manchester City had just won promotion to the second tier of English football - they hardly looked like future Premier League champions at that point.
  • 72'
    And the substitute's first involvement almost ends in a third. Benzema did well to find Callejon on the right, but his shot wasn't going to beat Courtois at the near post.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionÁngel Di María José Callejón
    Callejon comes on for Angel di Maria.
  • 68'
    Looks like Mou thinks the game's up, and will give Di Maria a rest
  • 66'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 66'
    Goal Mesut Özil
    GOL! And that will do it. Lovely pass from Ronaldo to find Ozil all alone inside the box. His first touch wasn't the best, but the German hit his half-volley into the ground and through the legs of Courtois from 12 yards.
  • 65'
    They're not even fighting any more.
  • 64'
    Ronaldo dances on the touchline... and tackles himself. Kind of sums this one up.
  • 62'
    Also in 1999: Spain had yet to go beyond the quarter-finals of a World Cup and had won just one European Championship - back in 1964.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Juanfran
  • 60'
    Ronaldo has another free kick. Smash! Well, not quite a smash, more of a grass-cutter. Saved by Courtois at his near post.
  • 58'
    Diego Costa has drifted out right now. Not much else to report, to be honest.
  • 56'
    Benzema, Ozil and Ronaldo exchange some quick passes before the latter screws his shot wide from the edge of the box. Better.
  • 55'
    Wimbledon legend Terry Gibson makes a good point: might be best for all concerned if Simeone takes Diego Costa off here.
  • 53'
    Well, Diego Costa gave Sergio Ramos a little slap there. It's all getting a bit silly.
  • 52'
    Diego Costa's in the thick of it again, as Pepe leads a thousand Madrid players complaining to the referee, who tells them all to get on with it. Koke's free kick came to nothing.
  • 51'
    Atleti look unlikely to be partying like it's 1999 tonight. The last time they beat Madrid, Lionel Messi was a 12-year-old boy in Argentina.
  • 50'
    Much better from Madrid as Di Maria and Ozil to combine to release Benzema down the right, but his low cross is parried away by Courtois.
  • 49'
    Ronaldo with a stepover and Cruyff turn to skip inside, and he's brought down. Xabi Alonso whips in the free kick, but it's cleared by Falcao.
  • 48'
    But that didn't come to much either.
  • 47'
    Real Madrid string a few passes together and win a corner.
  • 46'
    And we're back. Let's hope they give us something more to shout about this half. It's certainly been a match devoid of much quality so far.
  • 45'
    And that's half time. See you after the break.
  • 44'
    The referee doesn't appear to be too interested in handing out cards tonight. Suarez should certainly have been booked there.
  • 43'
    Speaking of Suarez, he just put a late on in Ronaldo. Seemed unnecessary.
  • 42'
    And Atleti finally have their first shot on goal, as Suarez' drive is deflected and floats safely into Casillas' hands.
  • 41'
    Madrid again attempt to build down their right, but Cata Diaz has handled Di Maria and Arbeloa very well so far tonight.
  • 39'
    Well it hasn't been vintage stuff, but it's certainly been feisty.
  • 38'
    Now then, what's going on here? Sergio Ramos was guarding the ball out of play and appeared to throw an arm back towards Falcao. The Colmbian fell, holding his face. Didn't appear to be that much contact there, but what on earth was Ramos thinking?
  • 36'
    A quick free kick nearly catches Atletico out, as Ronaldo hammers one from 35 yards, but it's well stopped by Courtois, diving low to his right.
  • 35'
    When Atletico last beat Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho was on the coaching staff at Barcelona.
  • 33'
    Karim Benzema gets his first proper sight of goal as Di Mara delivers a whipped cross, but the Frenchman was penalised for climbing over Juanfran.
  • 32'
    Xabi Alonso then brings down Falcao from behind. He was lucky not pick up what would have been his ninth booking of the season there.
  • 31'
    Xabi Alonso dispossess Diego Costa following a little scuffle in the middle of midfield, and gives him a god shove to match. Diego Costa not making many friends here tonight.
  • 30'
    Neat break from Madrid, with Ozil doing well to find Benzema on the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked.
  • 29'
    Because, by the way, Atletico Madrid have not held this big a lead in the points table over their neighbours heading into a Madrid derby since the 1995-96 season, when Atleti went on to win La Liga.
  • 27'
    Di Maria finds space on the right, but his cross is poor. Madrid not been at their best so far tonight, but are still doing a fine job of derailing Atletico's title challenge.
  • 25'
    That was horrible from Ozil, though. His corner flew over everyone.
  • 25'
    Fabio Coentrao races down the left and wins a corner.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Sami Khedira
    Sami Khedira goes into the book after tripping a flying Tuan.
  • 22'
    Stat attack: That was Ronaldo's 90th career goal at the Bernabeu in his 81st appearance, by the way. Wow!
  • 21'
    Madrid break forward with Di Maria, and once again the Atleti midfield press the ball together and win it back. They'll have to watch that, though, they'll be in trouble if Madrid break that first line of their press.
  • 20'
    Diego Costa brings down Pepe. Sergio Ramos isn't happy. Diego Costa aims a nod at Ramos' head. Silly boy, perhaps lucky to get away with that.
  • 18'
    Stat attack: Atleti have lost 17 of their last 23 meetings with Real Madrid, with the rest being draws.
  • 16'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
    Ronaldooooooooooooooo, what a goal! Madrid lead. Famous last words indeed. Fabulous strike from the Portuguese, who sent his free kick up over the wall and down inside Courtois's post.
  • 15'
    Yellow Card Arda Turan
    Arda Turn goes into the book for a silly handball as Ronaldo was juggling the ball 30 yards from goal. Free kick. Here we go.
  • 14'
    Well, Atletico look very much eight points ahead of Madrid so far tonight. Famous last words, I suspect.
  • 13'
    And Falcao gets his first half-chance, as Diego Costa got to the by line and tried to pick the Colombian out at the near post. Casillas did well to turn the ball behind.
  • 12'
    As you'd expect, this Atleti team is extremely well organised again tonight. Cholo has worked wonders since there since leave Racing Club.
  • 10'
    Cata Diaz gets caught in possession by Di Maria, but the Atleti midfield swarm on the Argentine to win the ball back. That's something they'll have to do a lot tonight.
  • 8'
    Stat attack: Los Merengues have averaged 3.3 goals in their six home Liga fixtures this season - the highest in the Primera Division. woof!
  • 7'
    Illa Illa Illa Juanito Maravilla sing the Madrid crown as their side comfortably clear the Atleti corner.
  • 6'
    Diego Godin finds Falcao in behind Pepe, but the Real Madrid defender recovers well to put the ball out for a corner. Warning signs for Madrid.
  • 5'
    Loose ball from Ramos almost lets Atleti in, but Pepe cleans up.
  • 4'
    Frantic start here. And the Lost Blancos faithful aren't happy as Atleti are given another free kick after Coentrao was denied one of his own on the left.
  • 2'
    Xabi Alonso penalised, perhaps harshly, for a tackle from behind and Gabi takes the free-kick, but Turan is offside.
  • 1'
    And we're off!
  • Atleti will have their work cut out - they haven’t beaten Real Madrid since 1999. Blimey! As Ben Hayward pointed out this morning, the world was a different place back then. Pep Guardiola was still waltzing around the Barca in midfield in those days.
  • These two have met 150 times in the league. Real Madrid have won 83, Atleti 35, and there have been 32 draws.
  • Barcelona’s impending victory over Athletic this evening makes tonight’s game even more important for 2nd place Atletico Madrid, who won’t want to see Barca’s lead at the top remain at six points when they leave the Bernabeu.
  • Altetico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Gabi, Mario Suarez, Arda, Koke; Diego Costa, Falcao.
  • Team News is in. Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Xabi, Khedira, Ozil; Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
  • Evening, all. Welcome to's LIVE text commentary of tonight’s Madrid Derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. My name is Rupert Fryer and I will be guiding you through the action this evening.