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26 November 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
• Attendance: 78500
Cristiano Ronaldo 24', 82'
Á. di María 49'
G. Higuaín 65'
Shots on Target
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Full time in the Madrid derby. Real Madrid triumph again against there city rivals Atletico in a 4-1 win. The visitors took the lead in the match but the sending off of Courtois damaged their chances. Jose Mourinho's men took advantage and were deserving winners in the end.
Real Madrid just keeping the ball now as the match is winding down. The two red cards have definitely had an affect on the outcome of this match as Atletico were excellent in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Terrible tackle again from Dominguez! He came through the back of Sami Khedira with no chance of winning the ball. How he has not received a booking in this match only the referee knows.
Assist Gonzalo Higuaín
Penalty Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Same spot for Ronaldo as the Portuguese drives the ball into the bottom left corner from the penalty.
Red Card Diego Godín
Penalty to Real Madrid and Diego Godin is sent off! Straight red for the Atletico defender as he brings down Higuain as the Argentine had a goalscoring opportunity!
Lassana Diarra drives down the right and clips a cross in that is cleared out to Xabi Alonso, who clips a ball to the back post for Marcelo and the Brazilian goes for the wonder goal by volleying first time but the strike goes nearer the corner flag than the Atletico goal.
Both sides make a change as Jose Antonio Reyes replaces Arda Turan and Fabio Coentrao replaces Mesut Ozil.
All Real Madrid at the moment. Most of the play is going down the right flank through Lassana Diarra and Mesut Ozil, who is drifting out to the right from the centre.
Another Real Madrid substitution as Jose Callejon replaces Benzema. Another excellent performance from the Frenchman.
Another Real Madrid free kick, this time from the right wing. Alvaro Dominguez goes in very late on Mesut Ozil and is lucky not to pick up a booking. Alonso clips a cross in but Atletico clear the ball to the half way line.
It is all very cramped just outside the Atletico penalty area at the moment. With Higuain and Ronaldo coming inside for Real Madrid, and Atletico defending deep, there is not a lot of room to maneuver.
Yellow Card Filipe Luis
Yellow card for Filipe after the full back went in very late on Lassana Diarra. That was a very poor tackle!
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!! Instant impact from Gonzalo Higuain! The Argentine closes down and forces a mistake out of Godin before snatching the ball and taking it round Asenjo and then easily slotting home!
Jose Mourinho looks to be experimenting with his team selection. Perhaps trying to figure out a perfect formation to face Barcelona in the El Clasico in just a couple of weeks.
Ángel Di María
First Real Madrid substitution of the match as Angel Di Maria comes off to be replaced by Gonzalo Higuain. Front three of Higuain, Ronaldo, Benzema now.
The second half is being played at a higher intensity that the first period. Atletico are working very hard to try and win possession but Real Madrid are zipping the ball around excellently.
Another free kick for Real Madrid, this time from a central area. Alonso clips the ball into the area but Diego Godin leaps high to clear the ball. The hosts retain possession and continue their passing game.
Atletico cannot get a touch at the moment. Xabi Alonso is masterfully dictating the match with a range of fantastic passes.
Di Maria wins a free kick down the left wing. Xabi Alonso dips a cross to the back post but again Atletico manage to clear. They have defended well from set-pieces so far.
Real Madrid have started the second half with gusto. Their passing is much sharper and they look very dangerous at the moment.
Goal Ángel Di María
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Ronaldo bursts down the left wing and and hits a ball across the box to the back post for Di Maria who passes the ball into the roof of the net!
Real Madrid kick off the second half. It is an intriguing derby match at the moment. Hopefully we will see some more drama in the second period.
Half time in Madrid. A goal a piece in the derby as Courtois sent off for Atletico. The visitors are making it hard for Jose Mourinho's men and there are definite signs of frustration by both teams on the pitch. Very entertaining match! Join us in fifteen minutes for the second 45!
45' + 2'
Fantastic block from Dominguez! Brave defending from the Atletico centre back as he closed down a powerful shot from Benzema!
Marcelo gets to the byline and lashes a cross along the six yard box but Benzema was just out-muscled as he attemped to get on the end of it. Salvio eventually scrambles the ball clear.
Xabi Alonso's booking means that he will be suspended for the next match. However, it means he will be available for the El Clasico match against Barcelona in a couple of weeks.
Atletico slightly desperate in their defending at the moment. They are camped in their own half and are blasting the ball up the park. They only have a few minutes to hold on until half time.
Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
The game is very cagey at the moment. The referee has brandished a few bookings in the last few minutes to Xabi Alonso, Luis Perea, and Gabi and it is disrupting the flow of the match.
Yellow Card Gabi
The game is a battle at the moment and the tackled are flying in. Gabi and Felipe have gave away fouls for pretty poor challenges in the last few minutes. Perhaps a sign of the tactics of Atletico.
Ronaldo with a speculative shot at the edge of the box. The Portuguese was under pressure and attempted a left-footed snap shot at goal but it just went by the right-hand post.
Yellow Card L. Perea
Short delay on the set-piece as there is some pushing in the box. Xabi Alonso then whips the ball to the back post but it is well cleared by Atletico.
Free kick to Madrid down the left-hand side as Ronaldo is brought down. Excellent position for Xabi Alonso to whip in a cross.
To be fair to Atletico Madrid, they have regrouped fairly well and look to be still fairly well organised, but the creative spark in the team has gone after Diego's substitution.
Yellow Card Arda Turan
The dynamic of this match has totally shifted now. Atletico were playing very well but with the dismissal of Courtois and the subsequent substitution of Diego. Real Madrid are certainly on the ascendancy.
Assist Karim Benzema
Penalty Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! Cristiano Ronaldo steps up and coolly slots the penalty in the bottom left corner! Game on!
A bit of a delay now as Sergio Asenjo gets ready and it is Diego who is coming off for the goalkeeper.
Red Card Thibaut Courtois
Penalty to Real Madrid and Courtois is sent off! Di Maria puts Benzema through on goal and The Atletico goalkeeper comes out and clips the legs of the Frenchman!
Atletico are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. They are passing the ball around the pitch well and Diego is at the heart of their impressive possession.
Yellow Card Diego Ribas
A mini-brawl going on at the moment with Angel Di Maria at the heart. The Argentine went down far too easily and a lot of pushing ensued and some hands were raised. The referee does well to defuse the situation.
Assist Toto Salvio
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL FOR ATLETICO MADRID!!! Fantastic goal from Adrian! The Spanish Under-21 international broke inside from the right and exchanged a lovely one-two with Diego inside the box before slotting into the bottom left corner!!
Pacey counter attack from Atletico. Salvio breaks forward and has the opportunity to send Gabi through on goal but the pass was short and allowed Real Madrid to intercept! That was a chance there!
The home side just imposing themselves on Atletico now. Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira are bossing the midfield at the moment and the visitors are retreating deeper into their own half.
Real Madrid with a couple of set-piece opportunities in the last few minutes. Mesut Ozil whipped in a free-kick and a corner from the right-hand side but both were well defended by Atletico.
Very open start to the match. Real Madrid have had the majority of possession but Atletico are counter attacking at tremendous pace and are showing no shyness when committing men forward.
First shot of the match from Karim Benzema. Ozil gave the Frenchman the ball just on the right-hand side and he lashed a shot just over the crossbar. Unlucky but it was never bothering Courtois in the Atletico goal.
Excellent defending from Lassana Diarra. The Frenchman showed terrific strength to see off the tackle of Arda Turan. High tempo start to the match!
The match has kicked off in Madrid. As mentioned earlier, Atletico have not defeated their arch rivals since 1999 so Real Madrid are hot favourites for this encounter.
Both teams have took to the pitch now and we are moments from kick-off. Should be a very entertaining match!
Atletico Madrid (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Perea, Godin, Dominguez, Filipe Luis; Assuncao, Gabi; Arda Turan, Diego, Salvio; Adrian
This is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight: (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Diarra, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I will be reporting on the derby this evening. You can follow me on Twitter at @MartinMac1 so don't forget to post your thoughts, feelings, and predictions on the match!
The Madrid derby is one of the most fiercely contested matches in the La Liga season, so hopefully we will see some fireworks tonight. Atletico have not defeated Real Madrid since 1999 so there is pride as well as points to fight for this evening!
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