Rodrygo and Federico Valverde scored to earn Actual Madrid a 2-1 win over neighbours Atletico Madrid in a heated derby on Sunday a return to the highest of La Liga.
Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect have began their title defence in good vogue, with a one hundred pc document from six video games. This victory took Actual two factors above Barcelona, who had leapfrogged into first on Saturday.
The sport was marred by racist chants geared toward Actual Madrid’s Brazilian ahead Vinicius Junior exterior the stadium earlier than the sport, sparked by criticism of his dancing purpose celebrations and a subsequent debate over whether or not that criticism was racist.
Followers additionally threw objects at Vinicius after a Actual purpose and aimed racist chants at him within the closing levels.
After one other Brazilian, Rodrygo, broke the impasse within the 18th minute, he danced in celebration with Vinicius, to the chagrin of Atletico’s enraged supporters. Some threw objects, together with lighters, on the duo.
“Derbies are at all times essential however as we speak was a bit totally different for what occurred throughout the week,” stated Rodrygo.
“We responded on the pitch, and I solely discuss for myself. I’m very completely happy to play properly and to attain one other purpose.”
Madrid had been lacking the injured Karim Benzema whereas the hosts picked Antoine Griezmann within the beginning line-up for the primary time this season, and so they had been on prime within the opening levels.
Spurred on by the rowdy environment, Diego Simeone’s aspect pressed excessive up the pitch and put Los Blancos on the again foot, with Felipe heading over and Dani Carvajal deflecting a Yannick Carrasco shot into the aspect netting.
Geoffrey Kondogbia launched an effort at purpose which missed narrowly, however with Atletico dominant, Madrid landed a sucker-punch.
Aurelien Tchouameni scooped a pleasant cross over the defence and Rodrygo well dispatched it previous Jan Oblak.
Atletico tried to battle again, with a fierce drive from Griezmann flying previous the submit and Thibault Courtois denying Carrasco, earlier than Madrid struck one other killer blow.
Vinicius, persistently whistled by Atletico followers, mixed with Luka Modric earlier than hitting the submit and Fede Valverde adopted as much as slam into the web from shut vary after 36 minutes.
The Uruguayan has 4 targets and two assists in seven video games throughout all competitions, cementing himself as a vital presence on the fitting flank for Ancelotti.
“(Valverde) and Rodrygo are very particular gamers, as a result of they’re what the fashionable footballer needs to be,” stated Ancelotti.
“They’ll play in varied positions, they’ve one thing that stands out, approach, physique, we’re delighted with them.”
Actual Madrid have now received all 9 matches they’ve performed this season throughout all competitions.
They took the sting out of the sport within the second half by making an attempt to maintain the ball. Atletico midfielder Koke was booked for a wild hack at Rodrygo.
It was Koke’s 553rd sport for the membership, equalling the all-time document set by Adelardo, who retired in 1976, nevertheless it was one to neglect.
Mario Hermoso pulled a purpose again when Courtois flailed at a nook and the defender completed along with his shoulder into the empty web within the 83rd minute, however Atletico couldn’t full an unlikely comeback.
“This Actual Madrid jogs my memory of the workforce that we had, with Diego Costa,” famous Simeone. “When there’s that forcefulness, soccer is marvellous.”
Additional racist chanting was geared toward Vinicius from some dwelling followers, and Hermoso was despatched off in stoppage time for battling with Dani Ceballos at a nook to earn a second yellow card.
It was a dismal finish to a dismal night time for Atletico, each on and, shamefully, off the pitch.