La Liga: Real Madrid 1 – 2 Atlético
From Turkish delight to derby delight for Atlético!
A late bit of brilliance from the returning Arda Turan handed Atlético a massive win over their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.
A soft Cristiano Ronaldo penalty cancelled out Tiago’s early header, but a bit of Turkish delight late in the second half handed Atleti a 2-1 win.
Real Madrid started the game as the better side, and enjoyed much of the possession in the opening ten minutes.
Atleti were trying to feed off of scraps, with Raul Jimenez and Mandzukic doing their best to chase down the Real defenders.
Jimenez wasted little time in reacquanting himself with Sergio Ramos – the Mexican clattered into the Madrid defender within a few minutes of the game starting – and it was the only kick he got in for a while.
The summer signing spent a lot of his time chasing down balls forward, but had very little success.
It was a surprise starting Raul Jimenez up-front for Atleti, but I don’t think it shocked anyone how the first goal came about.
It was another header, this time from Tiago at the near post, that handed Atlético the lead.
A beautiful corner in the tenth minute found the Portugese beating his marker Benzema to fire the ball past a stunned Casillas.
Of Atlético’s last 15 goals in the league, 11 have been headers – with nine of these from set pieces. You would think they would have learned by now.
Los rojiblancos did lack a bit of creativity for the rest of the half, and looked like they didn’t have any outlet with the absence of Diego Costa ahead of the midfield.
Real Madrid enjoyed a lot of the ball, and it was only thanks to tonight’s man of the match, Miguel Angel Moya, that Atleti stayed in the lead for so long.
The best chance of the first half fell to Gareth Bale, who had a deadly free kick on the edge of the area. Moya saw it late but pulled out a fantastic one-handed save to bat the ball away.
The ball was hooked back in and Moya wobbled but managed to hold on to it in the end. The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed a fantastic game, and Jan Oblak must be sat on the Atleti bench wondering what he has to do to get a look in for Atlético.
Our new number one could do very little about the Real goal though.
Siqueira got his legs tangled with Cristiano Ronaldo after a quick turn of pace, and the fancy-man went tumbling to the floor. Penalty was given, and he slotted it away with no trouble whatsoever.
Atleti wobbled in confidence after the Real Madrid goal, and didn’t find their feet again until the start of the second half.
A pair of aggressive substitutions from German Burgos, who was the man on the sideline following Simeone’s ban, changed the game for Atlético.
The largely absent Raul Jimenez departed the field alongside Gabi, and was replaced by new signing Antoine Griezmann and the returning Arda Turan, who has missed the start to Atlético’s title defence through injury.
The change was instant, and Atleti found themselves with more chances to regain the lead.
It was the Turk who stole the spotlight for the next ten or so minutes.
First, he escaped being sent off for stamping on Modric’s leg. He then shaved the outside of Casillas’ post with a fierce strike from outside the area.
A header from our number 10 went well over the bar – and it was at this point that fans wondered if we would be made to rue these missed opportunities.
But with only 15 minutes to go before the end of the game, a moment of brilliance from both Arda Turan and Raul Garcia settled the tie for Atlético.
Griezmann played a quick one-two following a Juanfran throw in, and the right back pinged the ball across the edge of the Real box towards Raul Garcia.
The newest member of the Spanish national team heard the shout from Arda, and pulled off a delightful little dummy, which fooled everyone in the stadium.
The cross rolled into the path of Arda Turan, who curled the ball beautifully past Casillas in the bottom left hand corner of the Real Madrid goal.
Atleti had to defend well over the next 15 minutes but saw out pressure from the home team to record their first back-to-back wins at the Bernabeu in the league.
The curse of Casillas and the curse of Real Madrid seems to have been well and truly lifted!
|Real Madrid||12||Atlético Madrid|
|C Ronaldo (p) 26'||Tiago 10'|
|Arda Turan 76'|
|13 September 2014|
|Raul Jimenez (64')|
|Arda Turan (61')|
|Mario Suarez (78')|