La Liga: Atlético Madrid 1 – 4 Real Madrid

Rojiblancos humbled as Real Madrid hit four in demolition derby

Falcao holds his head in derby defeat

Falcao goal not enough in derby defeat

Atlético were resigned to yet another derby defeat on Wednesday night as rivals Real Madrid ran out 4-1 winners in the Vicente Calderón.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a sensational hat-trick to secure the points for José Mourinho’s side, who avoided a potential banana skin in their race against Barcelona for the league title.

With the home fans in full voice, Atleti started brightly as Diego sought to take the reins in midfield and dominate right from the off. After an early shot from Di María the Brazilian broke away, but missed the chance to play Falcao in one-on-one just at the crucial moment.

The Colombian had two chances inside the first 20 minutes to give us the lead, nearly catching out Casillas with a deflected effort, and then completely fluffing his lines from a Gabi free-kick with the six-yard box at his mercy.

Real didn’t get their customary early goal, but had a chance early on when Ramos’ bullet header was well blocked. Not long later they would be appealing for a penalty, but Ronaldo’s theatrical fall was ignored by referee Delgado Ferreiro.

However, the world record signing would not be kept quiet for long, and opened the scoring on 25 minutes with a trademark long range free-kick.

When Benzema was hauled down 30 yards from goal there didn’t seem to be too much danger, but Cristiano Ronaldo had other ideas, stepping up to fire a dipping free-kick past a static Courtois and silencing the raucous home crowd.

The Belgian ‘keeper looked to have lost his footing on the strike, and paid the full price as Real got the crucial first goal that they had craved.

The home side did what they could to respond but just seemed to lose their rhythm when it got to the final third. Benzema came closest to finding the game’s second goal just before the break, but his header shaved the outside of the post.

In similar fashion to our home game against Barça back in February, Simeone clearly got into the players at half-time and it had the desired effect yet again.

Nine minutes after the restart Adrián picked up the ball on the left-wing, before looking up and playing a perfect cross in for Radamel Falcao to head emphatically past the reach of Iker Casillas and bring the roof off the Calderón.

The goal lifted spirits and had home fans believing that we could end our miserable derby run, but also saw the away side click into gear and attend fully to the task at hand. As just about everybody on the planet knows, Real had to win to keep the title in their own hands, and soon upped the intensity and started taking the game to the red and whites.

Coentrão and Pepe both came close around the hour mark, but it was that man again Cristiano Ronaldo who made the difference when needed. With 68 minutes on the clock, the Portuguese attacker skipped inside before unleashing another fabulous strike into the top corner.

Once again the ball swivelled and swerved in the air, with Courtois helpless as it flew past him for 1-2.

Atleti tried again with all their might to stage another fight back, and Falcao will perhaps feel he should have tied things up for the second time when he headed Juanfran’s cross over from close range.

The former Porto man then had another headed chance similar to the one in which he scored from in the final quarter of an hour, but couldn’t get enough power to find the net.

As it were, Real took advantage of our tired legs in the final minutes, and Ronaldo completed his hat-trick after Godín was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Higuaín.

Substitute José Callejon completed the rout a couple of minutes from the end, latching onto a pass from Cristiano to slot home his thirteenth goal of the season.

Courtois went some way towards redeeming himself in the closing stages as he denied Ronaldo what would’ve been a fabulous fourth with a smart save, before Diego came inches away from grabbing a consolation goal when his side-footed effort hit the post.

As it were though, the curse continues and it will be another year before we can finally get one over our cross-town rivals. A slightly flattering scoreline does little more than reflect a professional performance from los Merengues, and an underwhelming one from Simeone’s team, who suffered successive defeats for the first time since his appointment.

On Sunday we will have to pick ourselves up for another Madrid derby, as we make the short trip to unpredictable Rayo Vallecano in the late game.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Perea, Godín, Filipe; Tiago, Gabi, Arda (“77 Koke); Diego Adrián and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Ronaldo (“25); 1-1 Falcao (“55); 1-2 Ronaldo (“55); 1-3 Ronaldo p.k. (“83); 1-4 Callejón (“88)


  • Javi Lozoya

    Te quiero Atleti!!!, Colchonero por siempre!!!

  • Jose Ignacio Perez-Laorga

    gabi doesnt deserve to start after how he played today. Commiting stupid and useless fouls ( one of them meant the first goal) and courtois isnt as good as we though… horrible positioning in the first two goals. Perea…………….. i dont even want to say anything, if anyone saw the match, you know. thank god for our offense, is golden. but our defense and defensive midfield is a total reck. If we want to beat anyone as good as Real Madrid, lots of things have to change..
    Aupa Atleti!
    de corazon!

  • I love Atléti even more now! We played well I can’t deny, only the ref was a bit of a cunt and Godin is clumsy as always…Aupa Atléti! Rojiblanco por siempre!

  • Lubo

    First of all, I miss De Gea. Courtois didn’t help us at all today. Maybe it’s time for Asenjo to regain his place in the team. I don’t understand Courtois’ positioning at the free kick. He places the wall to cover the right side of the net and then stands in the middle right too? Dafuq..
    Godín’s penalty was harsh (for a stupid challenge in the first place), but he could have been awarded one in the first half too for elbowing Pepe. Juanfran’s performance could have been better if he had better partner for covering CR, now both of them looked like asses. Perea deservedly.
    It’s a pity, we didn’t deserve to lose this heavily, but it’s a matter of fact that we didn’t deserve a single point either.

  • Poor performance. Harsh scoreline. Penalty was not a PK.
    Ultimate cheat. >,< :l

  • ratchet

    how can you love atletico even more after they’ve been thrashed – at home – by their city rivals. I know on that on the balance of play 4-1 wasnt deserved but we deserved to lose. This has been a horrible season, the only positive is the europa league, we probz wont get european football next season and will lose all our best players. Its not just manzanos fault either. Against barca we played but the fans wasted wasted their money big time once again. There is no point watching the derby anymore, its always the same outcome.

  • Javi

    Godin was a total disaster
    Why the stupid penalty: there was no play there
    And the next gol was all his fault also
    Big mistake of Simeone to Play Godin and leave Dominguez in the bench, Godin should sit the rest of the season
    Courtois did what he could, the two gols if the Portuguese faggot were pieces of art, unstoppable
    No way should we sit him in place of Asenjo
    And other than Godin our defense was great, they could not do anything on the wings, Juanfran and Felipe stopped them, they could only go thru the middle were Godin was…need not say more
    The ref was the best I’ve seen in a long time, he let them play and gave cards only when necessary
    They are tgf better team and although 1-2 would have been fair, the better team orevailed

  • Lubo

    Well I think that Godín played OK, except that stupid challenge. Filipe was good. And I don’t fuckin care who plays on the opponent’s left wing, right side of our defense was like non-existing. It was clearly visible, that two of them never played together and didn’t trust each other. Too many times both of them just stared for a while before attempting a challenge. Second goal was also because of their lack of communication, when Juanfran forced CR to cut in, but wasn’t supported by Perea, who stood still 6-7 metres away, just to watch the ball flight. But Courtois had a clear vision…
    4th goal was again more about communication, when Filipe was missing at the back and DM didn’t secure the space left after his run.
    And I still think that Courtois is our No.1 just because of that “mysterious” clause about starting him.
    Btw, I don’t believe we can keep Falcao and Adrián in this team (maybe Arda too, if Anji offers a solid amount). Those players are at least two heads above the rest of this mid-table squad. Plus, three of them cost around 100 million € => money we will need when without Champions League.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Ha!, everybody want to play the manager now. Get over it. Madrid is the world richest club ever, you can’t compete with them unless you have money. As simple as that.
    Btw why everybody copy every thing I say. That’s annoying. Anyways.

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    The Godin penalty was brutal. He played with fire and got burned. Watch it:

  • Carles Puyol

    Pathetic team Atletico is all the money they spend and always doing crap. dumb asses.

  • Dircil

    quite disappointed with the match!!!! It’s time to bring back Dominguez to the battlefield and leave other under performed players to the bench where they deserve. I’ve checked on, and Godin’s price tag is still good enough (12.000.000 €) to sell him in the summer. With that amount of money we can buy a better defender like Caceres.

  • Lubo

    @Javi Lozoya:
    Nobody wants to play a manager, I was just pointing out where our players made mistakes during the match. And I beg your pardon, but what copying are you talking about?

    @Carles Puyol:
    Still better to support Pathético than the Catalunyan miracle, that is not able to win without the helping hand of refs and whole UEFA, and without Bollywood-alike acting.

  • Dircil






    what do u guys think about this line up, the best line up that i can think of if we exclude injured players

  • Arjit

    I personally think we played well for the first 70 or so minutes. A much better performance than what we had in levante. If you weren’t upset about that game, there’s no reason you should be upset about this one. This game, we weren’t toothless in attack, we created chances and our team was functional, only carelessness in the last 20 minutes cost us the game. Also, where in dominquez? Need him to switch in for godin…

  • Javi Lozoya

    It’s no use to highlight what Atleti did do or didn’t do. We lost. We can’t compete with Madrid or Uefalona and we have a mediocre board which makes things worse. It’s gonna be the same thing unless all clubs unite forces against Madrid and Farca. And Gil Marin needs to be sacked too. Unless that happens we’re doomed to finish 8th and not win anything important.
    And about the copying thing I wasn’t addressing you Lubo.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Fucking troll Carles Puyol fake ass. Stupid glory hunter bandwagonner talking shit about Atleti. Go back to your fucking cave, and wash your fucking dirty mouth before talking shit about about Atleti. No one disrespects my Atleti and much less a Uefalona bandwagonner.

  • Carles Puyol

    Not a troll just telling the truth.

    Atletico ruins La Liga again always giving Real Mudrid 6 points. They only need to give 25% of their best and always thrash you. Your team is an embarrassment to the league & hopefully Valencia thrash you in Europa and then in the Camp Nou next season there is an Osasuna style 8-0 handed out to Pathetico Madrid.

    You rave about 6 league goals Adrian here but he is crap striker worth about €2m. Compare to Xavi who has 9 goals this season from midfield in La Liga. Owned.

  • Jorge

    Carles, we’ve proven that we can beat Barcelona (especially when refs don’t allow illegal and unsporting free-kicks).

    Also, history shows the top three La Liga teams to be:
    1. Real
    2. Barça
    3. Atletico

    Now please, just go away.

  • Jorge

    Wait Carles, you said “owned”?! JaJaJa! Oh, man.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Stamford Bridge scandal, 6 PK not called, boom, now shut the fuck up. The only teams embarrassing La Liga are Uefalona and Madrid earning millions at the cost of other teams and being the refs favorites.

    It’s easy to win titles when you can spend money as your please and when you have the support of the refs. But no, you Uefalona fans only care about winning titles with the help of the ref. That’s pathetic and unsporting.

    Now get back to your fucking cave, bandwagonner. What a fucking douche. Talking shit about Atleti when you have no fucking idea how the club is run. Dumb ass.

  • starvs

    Man that fucking sucks, can’t say I’m too disappointed with the overall play of the team though. Per usual Javi was spot on and summed it up pretty well.

    Not buying Diego outright this summer was a pussy ass hedge and it may come back to haunt us, because he is simply great.

  • Tackle Hard

    Well, at least Barca won’t win the league now.

  • Xavi is shit and he doesn’t have nine f**kin goals. When Adrian scores he celebrates without TOUCHING his teammates but Xavi does run and go to KISS MESSI on the cheek When He scores. And Carles Puyol(The real one) not this fake shit is a big blob in the defence who just stands up and because of his size thats how he gets the ball. AND LISTEN ALL ATLETI FANS I TOLD U TO LET BARCA FANS ROCK FROM THIS SITE AND NOW YOU KNOW WHY. He pissed off my whole morning

  • Arjit

    Don’t let ignorant people drag you down to their level. Anybody who started supporting barca after 2009 champions league, you know what kind of “fan” they are. It’s a shame, they live a lie thinking that they actually belong to that group. We care about atletico, through thick and thin, we stick together. We are passionate about our team. There’s a reason why the Vicente Calderon has the atmosphere that it does. We’re on the edge of the seat, on every game. We feel every goal. When we win, it means something. A glory hunter will never experience that.

  • Andresa

    Godin is a worst player of the match.

  • Los Colchoneros

    You know what I like about Atleti? They went down fighting. I was going to place a 100 quid bet on us winning, then my better judgement (against gambling in general) kept me. The odds were very attractive I must say, and for 13 minutes I thought I was the stupidest person in the world for not putting it. Anyways, for all those Barca and Real Madrid fans out there; you can say what you want to say. Complain and bitch about your Championship all you want. I like fighting for fourth. I like having my dreams dashed yet work to bring it together again for the future. How many of you are as successful in your lives as Barca and Real are in football? In this analogy, most are either low-first tier team, or even a Segunda team. The dashing of hopes keep things realistic; you live off a high but most of those big boy fans are just people living off the dreams of others. Certainly, I felt Falcoa’s header to be my own. I didn’t do it. I like to look at things philosophically.

  • Los Colchoneros

    One more thing. Those two Ronaldo goals were absolute stunners. Respect. Take defeat graciously, because I know the rivals will cry and squeel like pigs when they finally taste it. I love it how fans of either Real or Barca get pissed at other teams for not doing them a favor; that is the stupidest reaction in the world. They cry about not being first, imagine if you support Levante where your goal is actual survival.

  • Los Colchoneros

    Once more into the fray.
    Into the last good fight I’ll ever know.
    Live and die on this day.
    Live and die on this day.

    Btw, my mother is suffering from UPSC cancer. It is highly aggressive and chances of her survival are about 50% if caught at Stage 1. Don’t know what stage its at right now… But what does Atletico, Real, Barca, or even football matter in that context?

  • palc

    I hope your mother gets well soon. Football is nothing in that context.

  • @Los Colchonernos.

    Hope she feels better and tell her on my behalf a warm welcome from all atletico fans on this site.

    And further more the first comment you made was spot on.
    that is absolutely why i really want to support Atleti its just I couldn’t have have said like how you said it before. Well Done. 20 out of 20 for that essay. 20/20

    Hope we do better against Vallecano and good thing villarreal had beaten Malaga or our chances were ruined.
    Come on Atleti don’t get discouraged.

    Aupa Atleti!!!

  • falcao

    Hope she will be better we are with you and your mother…..

  • ratchet

    @Los Colchonernos, hope she gets better soon. You raise a good point. I think sometimes we take football too seriously, at the end of the day it is just a form of entertainment. Incidents like provide a wakeup call to us all that as gutted we are that atleti lost, its not a matter of life or death. I wish your mum a speedy recovery.