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November 26, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu — Madrid
Referee:‬ Antonio Mateu‎
Attendance:‬ 78500‎
 
24′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
Adrián 15′
 
 
82′ (PG) C. Ronaldo
 
Top of the Match
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
Diego Godín
Diego Godín
Atletico Madrid
Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois
Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scores two penalties as Jose Mourinho's men come from behind to ease past nine-man rivals

The Madrid derby produced an early shock but the hosts rallied and earned an exciting win over their cross-city rivals to extend their lead at the top of the table

By Roger Gonzalez

Filipe, Di Maria, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid
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The Spanish capital is painted white after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain earned Real Madrid a 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After the visitors controlled the early stages of the contest, the home side managed to respond to secure the three points to ensure they remain top of the table after 13 rounds.

The rivalry got off to a cracking start just 15 minutes in and it was the visitors who took the lead when Adrian Lopez worked a quick combination on the right side before being sent into the box by Diego, where the young Spaniard punished Iker Casillas with a simply finish at the front post, bagging his fifth league goal of the season.

The home fans were silenced, but it would only be temporary as Los Blancos responded just six minutes later. Di Maria filtered a soft pass into the box, ultimately finding Karim Benzema, and the former Lyon man took a touch past Thibaut Courtois, who brought him down with his outstretched arms as a penalty kick was awarded in addition to a red card brandished to the on-loan shot-stopper.

Sergio Asenjo came on to replace Thibault as Diego was sacrificed. Ronaldo took the spotkick for Madrid, faking out the goalkeeper before finishing inside the left post to level proceedings.

There were no further goals in the first half but just three minutes into the second, Di Maria put Jose Mourinho's side in front. Ronaldo darted down the left side into the box to draw out Asenjo, before sending in a low ball that found the quick Argentine alone in the middle of the area and he finished well into the top of the net with an open goal.

In complete control, the home side extended their advantage in the 65th minute after Higuain chased down a ball that Diego Godin failed to clear as he strode into the box before making a move past the goalkeeper and finishing into the open net.

It went from bad to worse for Atleti with 10 minutes to go as they were reduced to nine men. Diego Godin was given his marching orders when he brought down Higuain inside the box which resulted in another penalty kick. Ronaldo stepped up again and sent his shot into the same side of the goal to wrap up the 4-1 win.

With the numerical advantage, the home side had a few more chances as the game reached its end and were able to control the Atletico attack to ensure the points to Jose Mourinho's team.

With the victory, Real Madrid now have 34 points and remain in first place in La Liga, while Atletico Madrid sit mid-table with 16.


Real Madrid CF

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
2.00
3
Pepe
Defender
3.50
4
Sergio Ramos
Defender
3.00
6
Lassana Diarra
Midfielder
3.00
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
24′ 82′
4.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
40′
3.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
78′
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Striker
3.00
22
3.50
9
Karim Benzema
Striker
24′ 74′
2.50

Atletico Madrid

1.50
13
2.50
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
67′
2.00
2
2.50
15
2.50
14
L. Perea
Midfielder
33′
3.00
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
27′ 77′
2.50
12
1.50
21
Diego Ribas
Midfielder
18′ 23′
2.50
14
Gabi
Striker
36′
2.50
18
3.00
7
Adrián
Striker
15′

Substitutes

1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
0.00
33
0.00
7
3.00
9
3.50
25
0.00
5
Fabio Coentrao
Midfielder
78′
2.50
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
7
Pizzi
Striker
0.00
6
Koke
Midfielder
2.00
21
Reyes
Striker
77′
2.50
25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
23′
0.00
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
0.00
20
Juanfran
Midfielder
2.50
23
Miranda
Defender
83′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0