Atlético stay without a win in el Derbi Madrileño after a 2-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeú.
We did create opportunities in front of Real’s goal, but two early goals by Carvalho and Özil meant that this derby never was a real contest.
Atleti started off quite well, with Simão penetrating the box early on, but Tiago’s shot which followed was blocked by a defender.
But Real’s intentions at the other end were clear from the beginning. In the 4th minute Pepe had tested De Gea with a header and shortly after Sami Khedira scored an offside goal after De Gea had spilled a Di María strike.
In the 12th minute Real did get their lead, when Reyes lost the ball in midfield. Ricardo Carvalho took over and marched forward with the ball, which was delivered back to the centre-back through Higuaín and Di María. The Portuguese defender calmly slotted it past De Gea; 1-0.
Minutes later Real doubled their lead when Cristiano Ronaldo was given a freekick on the edge of the area. Özil’s strike towards the far corner surprised De Gea as no one touched it and the ball curled beautifully into the side of the net; 2-0.
Within a minute of the second goal Forlán almost put one back for Atleti, but he just missed out on Sergio Agüero’s low cross.
After half an hour Atlético should have been given the chance to get back into this match, but referee Mateu Lahoz denied us a penalty after a clear handball by Xabi Alonso. It’s at least a bit curious that we are yet to receive a penalty call in our favour after ten matches in la Liga.
Diego Forlán came incredibly close to scoring a minute earlier, but was stopped by Íker Casillas and two defenders sliding in to block the ball from the goalline. From the following corner Domínguez forced Casillas to a spectacular save, after which Agüero’s rebound was illegally stopped by Xabi Alonso.
Atlético continued to push Real back, but a header by Ujfalusi went just wide and Íker Casillas pulled off an amazing save after Reyes had cut inside to shoot.
Gonzalo Higuaín woke everyone up at the start of the second half when he smashed a volley onto one of De Gea’s posts. Ten minutes later Diego Forlán did the same on the other end, when he volleyed on the post from just outside the area.
In the 63rd minute Atlético escaped from a third conceded goal, when Filipe rushed back just in time to prevent Özil from scoring his second goal of the night.
Ten minutes later Reyes, one of our best players tonight, again tried to find the far top corner, but this time his shot went just over the crossbar. Five minutes later Agüero forced Casillas to a save after the Argentine had broken away on a counter attack all by himself.
Two minutes before the end Diego Forlán had another go at goal, but his attempt went wide of the post.
In the last ten minutes Real could have added to the scoreline, but De Gea stopped shots from Marcelo, Ronaldo and Benzema. Sergio Ramos meanwhile unbelievably missed a free header.
The match ended 2-0 which means our wait for a derby win has been extended once more. We have taken fourteen points from ten la Liga matches, with the only advantage is having already played all of our direct rivals.
Line-up: De Gea; Valera, Ujfalusi, Domínguez, Filipe; Reyes, Mario Suárez, Tiago (“69 Raúl García), Simão (“76 Diego Costa); Forlán and Agüero.
Goals: 1-0 Carvalho (“13), 2-0 Özil (“19)
Next up is the Copa del Rey game against Universidad de Las Palmas. We take a 5-0 lead from the first leg and can hopefully raise our spirits with another big win.