A penalty from Yannick Carrasco was enough to give Atletico their first Madrid derby win at the Wanda.
Vibrant and emotional match with the first victory in a derby at the Wanda Metropolitano. Carrasco, on penalty, in the 40th minute, signed the deserved Atletico triumph.
Real Madrid are the runway champions of La Liga but Atletico played like a team with a point to prove on Sunday night and their 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano should give them a boost ahead of the off-season, as well as going a long way to securing Champions League football for next season.
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Atletico Madrid had the better of it in the first half, clearly hungrier than their rivals, with the newly-crowned champions fielding a much-changed side, perhaps with a view to giving the likes of Luka Modric and Karim Benzema as much rest as possible ahead of the Champions League final.
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After threatening on a number of occasions, the home side finally got their reward in the 40th minute through the lively Yannick Carrasco from the spot ,after the referee changed his initial decision and a penalty was awarded to Atletico following a VAR review for a foul on Matheus Cunha.
Diego Simeone’s team remain fourth in the standings on 64 points, six clear of Real Betis in fifth, and with three games left to play they edged closer to a top-four finish, to qualify for Europe’s top club competition.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said ,”We know what this game is like, it’s a game of strength and whoever doesn’t have it has to lose.”
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said ,”It was a good game, competitive, evenly matched.”