La Liga: Real Madrid 1 – 2 Atlético

From Turkish delight to derby delight for Atlético!

Arda celebrates derby winner against Real (pic: ESPN)

Arda celebrates derby winner against Real (pic: ESPN)

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 Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid 12 Atlético Madrid
C Ronaldo (p) 26'Tiago 10'
 Arda Turan 76'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Santiago Bernabeu
Date 13 September 2014
Kick Off 20:00 CET

Team Lineups

Real Madrid
Sergio Ramos
Arbeloa (77')
C Ronaldo
James Rodriguez
Bale (72')
Benzema (63')
Substitutes used
Hernandez (63')
Isco (72')
Varane (77')
Atlético Madrid
Gabi (61')
Raul Garcia
Raul Jimenez (64')
Mandzukic (78')
Substitutes used
Arda Turan (61')
Griezmann (64')
Mario Suarez (78')

Match Stats

On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • 2 shots on target – 2 goals!
    We’re not a violent team – 7 yellows!
    I don’t care if we’re winning these!

  • Kris

    Screw the critics! We just keep winning.

  • Kris

    After the match reports, I have been accustomed to read the Aftermaths by Martin Rosenow. Hope Martin continues writing for this season too. Always enjoyed reading them.

  • Martin’s gone on to law school buddy, so unfortunately he’s going to be a bit short of time for the coming seasons. A big loss I agree!

  • Mrtn

    It’s always nice to beat Real, even nicer to beat them with such a bad display.
    Now we have to take the momentum and improve our game a lot.
    Real is in really big trouble as they got no defensive midfielders, and a ridiculous defense, and they are stuck with this till January at least.
    This victory is even more precious considering that we are far from top shape now, the new guys are yet to settle in the team, so hopefully we can be in top shape in the 2nd half of the season.
    Great to see Arda scoring, I hope he will be fully fit next week and show his skills with all his teammates against Celta, who are the perect opponent for improving our play with confidence after this win.
    But we need a much better performance on Tuesday too, when we face a strong Olympiakos side with all their crazy fans firing them… tough game, but Cholo can take his place on the sidelines again.
    Vamos Atleti!

  • “Ancelotti is a gentleman and he’s absolutely right ; football isn’t for ” señoritas ” , it’s certain sections of the press who say that Atlético play violent football. I’d like to ask those journalists to name an Atlético player who has been banned for nine games.
    [In Spain] we have ignorant chat show guests who spout nothing but rubbish and are incapable of seeing further than the end of their own noses. You can’t just go around talking nonsense. The same “violence” they talk about could easily apply to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Córdoba … these people are frauds, hypocrites and scumbags. You have to know how to win and how to accept losing , Atlético know how to accept defeat but when we win, you cannot turn around and accuse us of being shameless layabouts”

    Atleti President Enrique Cerezo in a press conference on Friday

    Some people needed to hear those words for a long time .. thank you Sir .

  • Brad

    If he’s gone to law school, he might not have time to watch the matches, let alone write them up

  • Brad

    Well, we were even on fouls, so there’s that and the refs wouldn’t dare give more to Real Madrid (see the Supercopa)

  • Jeronamo Pakor Jones

    Didn’t anyone else see the elbow thrown by c renaldo after miranda’s bad tackle right in front the ref and yet the ref only gave miranda a yellow card? The clear bias I see in these games are unbelievable

  • Adam Horowitz

    Real Madrid were much better in the first half, but Atletico has depth this season, and even the players that sit on the bench are very good and can attribute to game in many ways. Arda Turan came in the 60th minute, and changed the game. Atletico coudn’t posses the ball in the first half, but in the second they controlled the game. Plus, Arda Turan may be the most technically gifted player in Atletico. Awesomeeee goal in the 76th minute, with a great trick by Raul Garcia, and an accurate shot from Turan.

  • Chewie

    Performing at your best despite all odds is the definition of professionalism. And that’s what Atletico is – a professional team built to compete and win. We are no longer the underdogs. We are the dogs. If you’re about to play against Atletico – be prepared to leave a piece of your flesh on the pitch. That’s how it is.

  • That was a very significant win, in fact, it was a historical win,
    it’s the first time Atleti win 2 games in a row at Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga

    and for wining at Real Madrid stadium in general, only 17 Atleti managers have achieved that,
    and only 3 of them have done it twice :
    Zamora, Villalonga & Aragones .. while last night, Simeone became the first one to do it 3 times

    we live in the best era ever of Atleti history

  • I was very impressed by Moya, he saved 3 clear scoring chances in the first half that could have ended the game for Real very quickly,
    the free kick from Bale, the header from very close range and the one-on-one from Benzema
    after the game he was asked if he thinks that the fans have already forgotten Courtois, and his answer was “they will never forget him”
    but I did, even before the game, I watched Chelsea for the first time this season vs Swansea and I felt nothing when I watched Courtois, and I also felt nothing watching Costa scoring a hat-trick and his 7th goal in 4 games, because simply, they are very easy goals, they all are from inside the box (and the box of Stamford Bridge is very small) and he has 3 of the best 5 playmakers in the world serving him : Cesc, Hazard & Oscar, and do I have to mention that they didn’t meet any of the big 5 yet
    The only feeling I had is the pity for Filipe, in 4 games, he played 7 minutes vs Everton and sat on the bench for the whole other 3, while his replacement and his friend Siqueria has played 3 Madrid Derbies, won 2 of them and lift The Super Cup !

    Anyway, Back to Moya, in the preseason and in the official games he conceded 4 goals, 2 own goals from Griezmann & Ansaldi, 1 penalty and 1 impossible shot vs Eibar
    What he is doing is crazy, he is 30 and he has never played at this level before
    It’s a message for every sportsman and even for any person in any career, it’s never too late
    He reminds me of our Egyptian GK Esaam El Hadary, who the world first heard about him in 2006, when he was 33, he won African Cup of Nations 3 consecutive times with Egypt and was named the best GK in all 3 tournaments, and with Al Ahly, he won his first CAF Champions League in 2001 when he was 28, then won 3 more in 2005, 2006 & 2008, and I believe you all remember his magnificent performance against the world champions Italy in the confederation cup 2009 when Egypt won 1-0

    I think we have another El Hadary here

    another similarity between them is that they both are great playmakers, I talked before about how good is Moya with his feet,
    the goal against Real in the 2nd leg of the super cup was from a long shot from him to Mandzukic, and he did it again on Saturday when he gave a long ball to Griezmann and put him one-on-one with Casillas

    Both us and Moya have to thank Mono Burgos, because he was the one who asked for him, he admired him when he was the GK of Mallorca from 1999 to 2001 and he saw a 15-year-old kid called Moya playing for Mallorca B

    did we forget Courtois ?!! .. hell, we even forgot the 16-million Oblak !!