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April 27, 2013
• Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: Miguel Pérez Lasa
• Attendance: 53000
R. Falcao 4'
Juanfran 13' (own goal)
Á. di María 63'
Full time in Vicente Calderon. Atletico's horrendous run against their arch rivals continues. The hosts started off excellently and took the lead through Radamel Falcao early doors, but they were pegged back quickly as the ball unluckily bounced off Juanfran past Thibaut Courtois. The intensity eventually left Diego Simeone's men and Angel Di Maria took advantage to score the winner in the second half. Real Madrid postpone Barcelona's title party for another week! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! See you next time!
Fantastic block from Carvalho!! Cristian Rodriguez robs Pepe of possession in midfield and looks to slide a pass through the middle for Diego Costa, but the former Chelsea defender was in the right place at the right time to stretch out a leg and block the ball. Good job too, The Brazilian would have been through on goal!
Madrid doing well just to run down the clock here. The presence of Modric and Xabi Alonso in midfield has ensured that they keep the ball well in there.
There's been some neat build-up play from the hosts in the last 10 minutes or so, but it's the final pass or final cross that's been lacking in quality. Falcao is cutting a pretty frustrated figure up top.
Unlucky Filipe!! The Brazilian latches on to a neat flick from Adrian to collect the bouncing ball in the box, but his volleyed attempt at goal crashes into the side-netting. It was a decent attempt but perhaps he should have went across the 'keeper.
Xabi Alonso has done well since his introduction. He's provided a calming presence in midfield that's served Madrid well as Atletico were on the ascendancy for a few minutes there. Time is running out for Los Colchoneros.
Ohhhh risky from Albiol! The former Valencia defender sends a weak back-pass to Diego Lopez and Diego Costa bears down on the Madrid 'keeper, who just manages to get there in the nick of time to clear the ball up the park.
The hosts are turning up the heat here. A succession of corner kicks sees Real Madrid put under real pressure at the back, but for the moment, they remain solid. Still plenty of time for an equaliser, though.
Ángel Di María
Another change for Los Blancos. Luka Modric enters the Madrid derby and he'll replace current match winner, Angel Di Maria.
Atletico are getting closer to equalising. Koke floats a cross to the back post and Falcao takes the ball down before smashing a strike over the bar. Lucky for him, he was flagged as offside, but Madrid were riding their luck there.
Yellow Card Diego Costa
Diego Costa has tested the patience of the referee one last time and eventually earns a yellow card for diving. He went down under the challenge of Nacho on the edge of the box but there was very little contact.
Diego Simeone follows suit and makes a change of his own, and it's a positive one. Adrian Lopez enters the fray in place of Raul Garcia, which gives Atletico three recognised strikers on the pitch. Cristian Rodriguez also looks to be coming on imminently.
Quickfire changes from the Portuguese coach. Michael Essien is the latest player to be withdrawn and Raphael Varane is his replacement at right-back.
First change of the match from Mourinho. Xabi Alonso is introduced in place of Kaka. The former Liverpool man will add come much needed patience and quality in the middle of the park for Los Blancos.
Great goalkeeping from Diego Lopez! Diego Costa does brilliantly to ride the challenge of Nacho before rushing to the byline and smashing a cross along the six yard box, but the former Sevilla 'keeper dives off his line to clear the ball out of the box with a strong punch.
Assist Karim Benzema
Goal Ángel Di María
GOOOOOAAAAAL! GOOOOOAAAAAL!! GOOOAAAAAAL!!! Barely posed a threat...until now! Madrid go 2-1 up! Benzema drives forward down the inside left channel and slides a ball through for Di Maria, who goes beyond Godin before lashing a strike in the bottom right corner!!
Jose Mourinho needs to look into changing things here. Madrid have barely posed a threat to Courtois in the second half. They have a decent bench tonight, so there is options available.
Yellow Card Raúl García
A real penalty shout for Atletico!! Diego Costa nods the ball down to Falcao who looks to take a touch and shoot at goal, but Essien comes in with a strong shoulder challenge to win back possession! That was good defending, and a good decision from the ref! Not a penalty!
The rain is heavily pounding the Vicente Calderon pitch tonight, but neither side have really took advantage of the slick nature of the surface. Passing, on the whole, has been pretty poor.
WHAT IS GABI DOING!? The Atletico man exchanges a one-two with Falcao and finds himself through on goal, but inexplicably slices the ball yards wide of goal before looking at the linesman! He must have thought he was offside there!
It has been all Atletico in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Benzema has hardly had a sniff the entire match bar his one-on-one encounter with Courtois, in which he came off second best.
Atletico take a quick free kick down the right and Juanfran screws a cross to the back post, but once again, Albiol is there to power a header out of the box. He's done well tonight.
Filipe and Diego Costa link-up superbly down the left-hand side, but the latter eventually attempts to slip the ball back inside to his compatriot, but Albiol reads the play well and intercepts.
DIEGO COSTA!! Almost a brilliant goal there! The former Valladolid man out-jumps everyone in the box before powering a header at goal, but Diego Lopez manages to retreat and collects the ball as it comes off the crossbar!
We are back under way at Vicente Calderon!
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Half time at Vicente Calderon. Radamel Falcao got the hosts off to the perfect start when he nodded in from close range, but an unlucky own goal from Juanfran restored parity just 10 minutes later. A pretty even affair so far, but don't expect the match to end with 22 players on the field! Join us in 15 minutes of the second half!
Excellent defending from Raul Albiol. Raul Garcia clips a teasing cross to the back post and Diego Costa looks poised to head at goal, but the former Valencia man is on hand to glance the ball away under sever pressure from the Brazilian.
Diego Costa is lucky he's offside! He appeared to breach the Madrid defence and get in behind, but his lobbed attempt goes way over the bar. Fortunately for him, the play is brought back for offside. Awful finish, though.
Yellow Card Morata
COURTOIS DENIES BENZEMA!!! Di Maria does brilliantly to ride the challenged of Suarez and Gabi before bursting forward and laying the ball out to the Frenchman, but he lingers in possession and allows the Atletico 'keeper to come off his line and make a smart stop!
It's raining yellow cards here! Morata is the latest player to enter the book for a rash challenge on Diego Costa when the Brazilian was counterattacking through the middle.
The responsibility is handed to Kaka but instead of going for goal, the Brazilian looks to pick out Pepe at he back post. Atletico manage to clear the ball for a corner kick, though.
Free kick to Madrid in a really useful position around 30 yards from goal. Now, with Cristiano Ronaldo not involved tonight, who'll take the set-piece in his absence?
Pepe sends a poor clearance out to the edge of the box and Diego Costa has time to pick his spot, but instead opts to hit the ball on the volley. His attempts near enough goes out throw-in. Not his best!
No takers for Atletico! That was begging to be headed home! Koke curls a free kick to the front post and Godin flicks the ball further on, but it flashes wide with nobody from the hosts prepared to gamble.
Weak penalty appear from Atletico. Diego Costa goes down far too easily under the challenge of Nacho Rodriguez, but the ref correctly waves play on.
Madrid are just starting to look more comfortable on the now. Khedira and Pepe in the middle are starting to stamp their authority in the middle. Not much in terms of creativity, though.
Yellow Card Koke
Why? Koke? Why? The Atletico man goes into the book for a completely pointless and needless tug on the arm of Kaka. He'll have to be careful for the rest of the match, and all for a stupid grab of the shirt.
Poor from Alvaro Morata. The Castilla graduate had all the time in the world to clip a decent cross into the box but inexplicably attempts to shoot from his position on the left wing. The attempt harmlessly drags by the post and he receives an ear bashing from his team-mates.
It's all getting pretty heated out there! Jose Mourinho is the latest to receive a talking to from the ref after becoming too animated on the touchline. The official has his work cut out for him in this match I tell you!
FALCAO!! He should have done a lot better with that chance! Koke swings a cross to the front post and the Colombian gets in front of Carvalho to head at goal, but his attempt goes wayward and doesn't threaten Diego Lopez.
Yellow Card Pepe
Yellow Card Sami Khedira
Naturally, Pepe also earns a booking for taking out Koke from behind. Playing in midfield, the Portuguese was always, always going to enter the book tonight!
Ohhhh poor challenge from Sami Khedira! The German lunges stud-first into a challenge with Gabi, and earns himself a deserved yellow card.
The Atletico fans are in full voice as they attempt to get behind their team, but the ringleader of the chanting with a loudspeaker sounds as if he's strangling a cat! Not the most of angelic of voices!
Own Goal Juanfran
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!! HOW DID THAT GO IN!? Di Maria gets up and floats the free kick to the back post, and it appears to bounce off the chest of Juanfran before nestling in the corner! What cheap goal to concede! 1-1!
Yellow Card Filipe Luis
First Atletico booking goes to Filipe Luis after, surprise surprise, Angel Di Maria goes down clutching his face. There was a slightly raised hand but the Madrid man made the most of it.
Lightning-quick start to the match from Atletico here. Madrid have not got out of the blocks yet and have barely got out of their own half! They need to get their act together, and quickly.
Yellow Card Raúl Albiol
Two poor attempts from Atletico! Firstly Filipe's weak free kick is cleared by Madrid and then Koke cuts inside from the right and drags a wayward shot into the side-netting, despite having six team-mates inside the box.
First booking of the match goes to Raul Albiol after Diego Costa goes down after bullying the Madrid man off the ball. The Brazilian always attempts to get under the skin of the opposition!
What a start to the match from the home side. An absolute sucker punch to Madrid!
Assist Diego Godín
Goal Radamel Falcao
GOOOOOOOOAAAAL!!!! GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!!! Atletico take an early lead!! Gabi's free kick is fumbled to the left by Diego Lopez and Diego Godin stands a ball up to the back post for Radamel Falcao, who easily nods home! Vicente Calderon explodes with cheers! 1-0!
Diego Costa gets stuck into the action early doors. The Brazilian goes on a typically powerful run down the left-hand side and bulldozes his way into the box, but eventually runs into trouble and Essien clears for Madrid.
We are under way at Vicente Calderon!
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Diego Simeone's men are on a quest to end the rot against their neighbours. They have not defeated their arch rivals this century. Unbelievable to think really.
Those two line-ups confirm one thing about this match, both managers are expecting a real midfield battle.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Essien, Albiol, Carvalho, Nacho; Khedira, Pepe; Di Maria, Kaka, Morata; Benzema.
Atletico (4-4-2): Courtois; Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Filipe; Suarez, Gabi, Koke, Raul Garcia; Diego Costa, Falcao.
The pressure is off Real Madrid slightly now as a late leveler from Ander Herrera saw Athletic Bilbao draw 2-2 with Barcelona earlier tonight, so a defeat for Jose Mourinho's men would not result in the Catalan side being crowned champions.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening ladies and gents! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon!
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