Saturday December 12th 2020
First bankruptcy of the season for Atletico
Kroos leads Real out of the crisis in the derby
Real Madrid, which was in a difficult situation recently, won the derby against Atlético with the strong goal preparer Toni Kroos and moved up to three points in the Primera Division on the capital rivals. Atlético meanwhile conceded their first defeat of the season in the eleventh league game.
Three days after their sovereign victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach and their place in the round of 16 of the Champions League, Real Madrid also made it into the Primera Division. The team of coach Zinedine Zidane, who has been criticized, won the capital derby against leaders Atletico 2-0 (1-0) and moved up to within three points of the leaders. The Rojiblancos, who suffered their first loss of the season in the league, have played one game less.
National player Toni Kroos was involved in both Real Madrid goals. Casemiro converted a corner of the 2014 world champions to 1-0 in the 15th minute of the game. The 2-0 (62nd) through an own goal by guest keeper Jan Oblak was preceded by a free kick by Kroos, which ex-Leverkusen-based Dani Carvajal used to shoot a long shot. This first hit the post, from there against Oblak and finally into the goal.
Striker Karim Benzema, the outstanding man as a double goal scorer in the 2-0 win against Gladbach, became the only record holder among foreign professionals in Real Real history with his 528th competitive appearance. Before that, the Frenchman shared the record with the Brazilian Roberto Carlos.
Real had previously lost two of their most recent three home games in the Primera Division. Atletico has been waiting for a league win against their city rivals since February 2016. The ailing FC Barcelona will only be in action on Sunday evening against relegation candidate UD Levante.