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Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid took advantage of Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to rotate as they edged out fierce rivals Real Madrid 1-0 on Sunday to tighten their grip on fourth place in LaLiga.

Four days from their stunning comeback win over Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals, Madrid made seven changes for their trip to Wanda Metropolitano.

That told as Madrid, who were crowned Spanish champions last week with four games to spare, fell behind to a 40th-minute Yannick Carrasco penalty awarded after a VAR check.

Despite the introduction of Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior, Madrid could not find a leveller in the absence of top scorer Karim Benzema as they fell to a rare El Derbi defeat.

Much was made of Atleti’s decision to not give Madrid a guard of honour ahead of kick-off in their neighbours’ first league outing since sealing a 35th league crown.

The home side was far more fired up for the match and twice went close in the opening eight minutes.

With Angel Correa and Carrasco firing wide from good positions.

Carrasco made the breakthrough from the penalty spot before half-time, though.

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After Jesus Vallejo barged over Matheus Cunha just inside the box.

The referee had initially allowed play to continue for a couple of minutes.

But he was instructed by the VAR to check the pitchside monitor and reversed his initial decision.

Jan Oblak denied Luka Jovic, and Casemiro should have done far more with a tame shot curled straight at the Atletico keeper as Madrid pushed for a leveller.

Atleti wasted chances as Carrasco fired over, and Cunha could not convert past Andriy Lunin.

When played in by substitute Antoine Griezmann, who also went close.

Carrasco nearly sealed things when hitting the post 14 minutes from time, but his earlier penalty proved enough, thanks to another Oblak save to keep out Vinicius and a bad miss from Nacho.

Starting lineup:

ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Reinildo; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Yannick Carrasco; Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha.

 

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REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Andriy Lunin; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez; Eduardo Camavinga, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo.

Goals:

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! CARRASCO CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!! 1-0 ATLETICO!!!! The home side takes the lead as the Belgian holds his nerve from 12 yards. Carrasco takes a long run-up but buries his right-footed strike into the bottom-right corner, sending Lunin wrong.

So, what’s next?

Atletico is next in LaLiga action on the road to Elche on Wednesday. Real Madrid faces Levante in their next outing at home on Thursday.

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