Tooor for Real Madrid, 0:2 by Federico Valverde
Yellow card for Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid)
Ferland Mendy starts to slide in the direction of the ball. The Frenchman also hits the playground equipment somewhere, but mercilessly shaves Marcos Llorente. The left-back deserves his second warning of the season.
Atlético tries harder to play in this phase. Given the score, the Colchoneros are of course also forced to do so. But Real doesn’t offer much at the moment.
Rodrygo can continue after the break in treatment but was lucky not to have been hit really badly.
Yellow card for Reinildo (Atlético Madrid)
Reinildo hands out pretty ruthlessly to Rodrygo. The kick is always worth a yellow card and means his second warning of the current season.
On the other side, the guests get into the sixteen for the second time. Again, that’s Rodrygo found there. This time Reinildo blocks his right-footed shot on the right side of the box.
Rodrigo de Paul kicks the corner from the right and finds Geoffrey Kondogbia’s skull. The header flies over the crossbar.
After winning the ball, Antoine Griezmann picks up the pace and fires from the inside right position. The left shot flies to the right corner like this. Thibaut Courtois has to get there and directs the ball around the post.
Vinícius Júnior went down near the penalty area without fouling and was unlucky to take a knee on the back of the head from Marcos Llorente. There is no evil action behind it and the Brazilian striker can also continue.
That’s the class of a Champions League winner. Even without their injured super striker Karim Benzema, Los Blancos only need one chance. This efficiency makes the difference.
Tooor for Real Madrid, 0-1 by Rodrygo
Carlo Ancelotti’s men come through for the first time and get into the penalty area. With a beautiful and so butter-soft through ball from Aurélien Tchouaméni, Rodrygo is staged. Felipe Monteiro flies past the ball and so the striker just has to put his right foot out at the left post to steer the thing from almost six meters into the near corner. This is the Brazilian’s third goal of the season in LaLiga.
It’s already going back to the other side. Geoffrey Kondogbia takes a shot with his right foot from a good 30 yards. That beam just misses Thibaut Courtois’ box.
Now the royals are trying harder for the ball again. But there is no getting through for the master. Atlético is closing the shop completely. There is no way for the guests to get into the sixteen.
This first corner kick of the game, which sails from the right into the middle, sees Thibaut Courtois not quite safe, reaching wide of the ball. Shortly thereafter, João Félix gets a right-footed shot from the left half of the box, but it doesn’t go through either.
Then Yannick Carrasco appears on the right side of the box and finishes with his right foot. The angle is not optimal, and Dani Carvajal closes well and blocks to the corner.
In the meantime, the home side are getting better and better and are spending more and more time in the opposing half. There is currently nothing to see from Real offensively. So we’re still waiting for the guests to score.
At least now Atlético has arrived in this derby. A game develops at eye level. And both teams are concentrating more on playing football again during this phase.
For the first time there is a goal – and that goes to the account of the hosts. A free-kick from Rodrigo de Paul almost from the center circle was headed over the crossbar by Felipe Monteiro from the right side of the box.
Every duel is conducted emotionally and embellished to the highest degree – be it the theatrics or the textual accompaniment of all the players standing around on both sides.
After Dani Carvajal fouled João Félix, emotions ran high – and Diego Simeone right in the middle. The entry of the right-back was of the rather harmless variety.
In the early stages, Real are clearly trying to get the ball, want to control the matter right away and nip an initial whirlwind from the home side in the bud.
In the meantime, the Derbi madrileño is running with loose clouds and temperatures of around 25 degrees. The Wanda Metropolitano is of course full to bursting. The best conditions for a great game prevail.
Interestingly, Los Blancos conceded their last defeat in early May here at the Wanda Metropolitano against their city rivals. Since then, Real has been unbeaten in twelve competitive games, winning ten of them. But at Atlético, the reigning champions are now three games without a win, but have scored at least one point in each of the two previous seasons. The Blancos last away win in the Derbi madrileño came in February 2019 (3-1).
Real, on the other hand, has not yet shown any weakness. The Champions League winner rushed from victory to victory, clinched another title (2-0) at the start against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup and subsequently did not give away a single point either in the premier class or in LaLiga. The Blancos have also won four away wins in all competitions. And while they always went international without conceding, they regularly conceded exactly one goal in the league, but they could afford it.
Atlético have lost two competitive games this season. At the end of August they lost 2-0 at home to Villarreal. And with exactly this result, the Colchoneros also lost in Leverkusen during the week. Nevertheless, everything is still possible in the Champions League after the previous win against FC Porto (2-1). In the Primera División, they had only left something at Real Sociedad (1-1). The other three matches were won – including the last home game against Celta Vigo (4:1).
In the Derbi madrileño, the seventh-placed side has the current second as a guest. There are five points between the two teams. However, Real was the leader before this matchday, was ousted by FC Barcelona yesterday and can correct that with a win today. For Atlético it’s about keeping in touch with the front field. If they lose today, the Rojiblancos face mediocrity for the foreseeable future. In any case, victory is the goal for everyone in this duel. And then the home side would also remain in business in tabular form.
On the home side, Diego Simeone makes five changes following Tuesday’s Champions League game. Jan Oblak returns between the posts after recovering from injury. For this Ivo Grbić has to give way and take a seat on the bench. There you will also find Nahuel Molina, Mario Hermoso, Saúl and Álvaro Morata. Also new to Atlético’s starting XI are Geoffrey Kondogbia, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann. Carlo Ancelotti makes three changes compared to the premier class on Wednesday. Instead of Nacho, Antonio Rüdiger and Eduardo Camavinga, Eder Militão, Ferland Mendy and Toni Kroos slip into the royal starting line-up.
Welcome to Spanish football on Sunday nights! In the Primera División, the 6th matchday ends with a bang. In Madrid, the city derby between Atlético and Real takes place at 9:00 p.m.