The first Madrid derby of the year was viewed as the most evenly-matched in recent years, but Real Madrid came out on top yet again. Atlético continued their terrible form against their cross-city rival and they now haven’t won in nearly 14 years.
Atlético stay second and still have a five-point lead over third place Real despite losing in the Bernabeu. Although Falcao carved out the opening opportunity of the game, which Casillas saved, the rest of the match action took place in the area defended by Atlético’s Courtois.
The Belgian conceded a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick on 15 minutes. The last time the Portuguese scored in the league from a free-kick was also against the Atlético keeper. Once again the game became an uphill struggle for the visitors very early on.
Atlético didn’t pass the ball well and Jose Mourinho’s men were superior in each and every aspect of the game. After the break, Özil scored on a counter-attack and Real might have scored a lot more, but Ronaldo hit the post twice in a second half and Courtois’ saves kept the scoreline respectable at least.