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December 1, 2012 4:00 PM EST
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 79000‎
 
 
66′ Mesut Özil
 
Top of the Match
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Atletico Madrid
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Ronaldo the difference in dire derby

Los Merengues made it 24 matches unbeaten against their city rivals thanks in part to a marvellous free kick in the first half from their talismanic No. 7

By Charlie Scott

Real Madrid displayed its clinical side to emerge 2-0 victors over Atletico Madrid in tonight's Liga Derbi at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil on target for the home team.

Jose Mourinho gave Los Blancos' fans the opportunity to boo him on the pitch 40 minutes before kick-off, but was greeted positively by those supporters inside the stadium, despite coming under criticism for his side's poor start to the Liga campaign that saw them start this match eight points behind their city rivals.

It did not take long for his side to take the lead in the match, as Ronaldo made it 1-0 to the reigning Liga champions with an unstoppable free kick in the 16th minute, while Mesut Ozil added a second after the break to seal the win.

Atletico's in-form forward Radamel Falcao was allowed his first glimpse at goal in the seventh minute when he got the wrong side of Pepe, but the Madrid center back managed to regain his composure and knock the ball behind as the Colombian attacker pulled back his left foot to shoot from the a tight angle.

Despite being second-best in the opening exchanges the home side took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute in emphatic fashion through Ronaldo. The Portugal international made Diego Simeone's men pay for Arda Turan's foolish handball 30 yards from the Atletico goal by hammering the resulting free kick past Thibaut Courtois and into the bottom corner.

Tempers began to flare as the first half wore on, with Madrid's Sami Khedira following Turan into the referee's notebook, and Falcao's strike-partner Diego Costa seemingly doing his best to join them by clattering into a number of challenges with Madrid's centre-back pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos.

Madrid nearly increased its lead to two from another set piece in the 37th minute when Xabi Alonso set up Ronaldo for a long-range effort but Courtois was able to keep the attacker's strike out on this occasion, diving brilliantly to his right to parry the ball away.

The home side was slightly fortunate to end the first half with eleven men on the pitch after Ramos caught Falcao with a stray elbow as the two tussled for possession right in front of the linesman, while Atletico's midfield duo of Gabi and Mario Suarez avoided bookings in the minutes before the break after both went in late on Ronaldo.

The 15-minute break failed to calm either team as the second half was punctuated by spats between players from each side, just as the first half had been.

A clumsy challenge from the away side's right back Juanfran resulted in another dangerously-positioned free kick for Ronaldo, and again Courtois was forced into making a smart stop low down to his right to keep the score at 1-0.

However, three minutes later Madrid did manage to increase its lead, courtesy of Mesut Ozil. Atletico's makeshift left back Cata Diaz was caught out of position after his teammate Miranda headed the ball straight into the path of Ronaldo, and the Madrid forward quickly sprayed a pass to Ozil on the right. The Germany international adjusted his body well to meet the ball on the half volley with his left foot, and his shot flew straight and true into the bottom left corner.

Ronaldo still had time to strike both the crossbar and the post as Madrid controlled the closing stages, in stark contrast to the sluggish start it had made to the match.

Mourinho's men remain in third place in La Liga despite their win tonight, but the gap between these two sides now stands at just five points, with unbeaten Barcelona a further six points ahead of Atletico.

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Real Madrid

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
3.00
4
Sergio Ramos
Defender
3.50
5
Fabio Coentrao
Defender
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
24′
3.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
66′ 88′
4.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
3.50
22
Ángel Di María
Midfielder
70′
2.50
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
Midfielder
16′ 66′
4.00
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
92′
3.00

Atletico Madrid

2.00
13
2.50
2
3.00
6
Cata Díaz
Defender
2.50
20
Juanfran
Defender
60′
3.00
23
Miranda
Defender
74′
2.50
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
79′
3.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
73′
2.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
15′ 78′
3.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
73′
2.00
9
2.50
19

Substitutes

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
2
 - 
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
88′
 - 
6
 - 
22
Kaká
Midfielder
 - 
7
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
 - 
23
 - 
28
Silvio
Defender
2.50
5
Tiago
Midfielder
73′
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
78′
 - 
25
 - 
7
Adrián
Striker
73′

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

2.50
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0