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Primera División

  • 19 March 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 37000

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema & Mesut Oezil inspire derby victory as late Aguero strike proves fruitless

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema & Mesut Oezil inspire derby victory as late Aguero strike proves fruitless

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Casillas on form as Mourinho's men close gap on Barcelona to five points

Karim Benzema and Mesut Oezil did the damage in the first half as Real Madrid picked up their fourth derby win this season with a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.

Benzema opened the scoring on 11 minutes with a clever chipped finish while Oezil doubled the lead against the run of play on 33 minutes. Sergio Aguero scored a consolation goal four minutes from time but the visitors were able to hold onto their slender lead to secure a valuable win.

After Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Getafe earlier on the night, the victory moves Real back to within five points of the current leaders with the two giants of Spanish football due to meet at the Bernabeu next month.

The first chance of the game fell to Real on six minutes. Benzema controlled the ball well before sliding an accurate ball through to Sami Khedira just inside the Atletico box. The German international hit the ball first time but David de Gea was able to make a smart save down to his right.

Jose Mourinho's side continued to look the livelier of the two sides and got their just rewards in the 11th minute. Khedira sent a delightful pass into the direction of Benzema who ran through on goal before nonchalantly flicking the ball past a helpless De Gea for his seventh goal in his last four games.

The home side started to see more of the ball after Real's opener and came close to levelling the score on 20 minutes when Elias found Aguero on the edge of the box. The Argentinian controlled the ball before sending a vicious low drive towards the corner of the goal which Iker Casillas did well to turn around the past.

Three minutes later Mario Suarez sent a lovely disguised pass through to Aguero who smashed the ball across goal with Diego Forlan lurking. Luckily for Real, Xabi Alonso was on hand to hack the ball to safety.

After starting to dominate play, Atletico were dealt a hammer blow on 33 minutes when Real doubled their lead immediately after Cristiano Ronaldo was felled in the box by Tomas Ujfalusi only for the referee to wave play on. Marcelo crossed for Oezil who controlled the ball before sweeping a finish past De Gea despite the young 'keeper getting a hand to the ball.

Atletico started the second half with added impetus and could have pulled a goal back on 54 minutes, if it wasn't for the brilliance of Casillas. Tiago slid a perfectly-weighted through ball to Aguero who outpaced the Real defence before finding himself one-on-one with the Spanish No.1. The Atleti striker attempted to poke the ball past the 'keeper but Casillas showed excellent reactions to turn the ball around the post.

It was Real's turn to come close to scoring on 69 minutes when Ronaldo and Benzema showed some excellent build-up play before the Portuguese attacker unleashed a fearsome effort from a tight angle that lashed into the side-netting.

However the home side did not give up and scored a consolation on 86 minutes when Aguero played a lovely one-two with substitute Koke before squeezing the ball past Casillas for the goal his impressive performance deserved.

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