Germany World Cup midifelder MESUT OEZIL (23) of Real Madrid races downfield trailed by Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian defender FILIPE LUIS (14), the off-season signing costing 12.0 million Euros from Deportivo La Coruna who spent the 2005-06 campaign competing for Real Madrid’s nursery club Castilla, during the derby match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)
Matchday # 10
2 – Real Madrid —————— Carvalho 13′, Oezil 19′
0 – Atletico Madrid
Two goals inside the opening twenty minutes gave the hosts a firm grip which was never relinquished as REAL MADRID blanked cross-town rivals ATLETICO MADRID 2-0 in the monster Spanish capital city derby clash.
Real Madrid not only maintain their position at the top of the Spanish Primera Division but continue their impressive record of not having lost at home or away to intra-city foe Atletico Madrid, who won the UEFA Europa League championship last season, since 1999.
After collecting a pass from Argentina World Cup midfielder ANGEL DI MARIA, who has worked out well on the left wing for Los Merengues, 32-year-old Portugal World Cup defender RICARDO CARVALHO shot Real Madrid to the lead for his second La Liga goal with a baker dozen minutes not quite having been played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Germany World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL scored his third career goal in La Liga for Los Blancos with a free kick from just outside the box on the right six minutes later.
English outfit FC Arsenal’s former Spain international winger JOSE ANTONIO REYES, who scored six goals in 30 Primera Division games for Real Madrid while out on loan for the 2006-07 season but has managed just two goals in 63 La Liga matches for Atletico Madrid since then, stuck out a leg but was unable to stop the left-footed shot of Oezil and may have unsighted his goalkeeper in the process.
The ball then curled inside the far post of Atletico Madrid’s Spain U-21 international goalkeeper DAVID DE GEA for what appeared to be a bit of a soft goal for the visitors to surrender in a match of such magnitude.
From there on out, the defense of Real Madrid held firm and helped Uruguay World Cup goal-scoring hero DIEGO FORLAN continue his unimpressive form with the goal-drought for the former Manchester United striker now having reached twelve games in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, remain unbeaten in all competitions under the command of Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO.
A trio of participants from the Final Four at this past summer’s 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa — German midfielder SAMI KHEDIRA (left) and Spanish goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS as well as Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan striker DIEGO FORLAN — keep their eyes on the ball at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)
REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo, Carvalho (Albiol 83′), Pepe, Sergio Ramos ; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Oezil ; Di Maria (M. Diarra 83′), Higuain (Benzema 74′), Ronaldo
ATLETICO MADRID : De Gea ; Valera, Ujfalusi, Dominguez, Filipe ; Reyes, Tiago (Garcia 69′), Suarez, Simao (Costa 76′) ; Forlan, Aquero
With 21-year-old Atletico Madrid defender ALVARO DOMINGUEZ (18) behind and Argentina World Cup striker GONZALO HIGUAIN of Real Madrid on his flank, veteran Portugal World Cup defender RICARDO CARVALHO sets to fire Los Merengues ahead in the 13th minute of the Spanish capital city derby match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Andres Kudacki/AP)
Portugal World Cup defender RICARDO CARVALHO (right), who scored the very first competitive goal of the season against Osasuna Pamplona to start Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO’s tenure with Real Madrid, runs off at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after grabbing the opening goal in the very first derby match with cross-town rival Atletico Madrid for the new boss of Los Blancos. (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Germany World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL (hidden) is mobbed by his Real Madrid teammates after scoring the second goal of the Spanish capital city derby match against Atletico Madrid in the 19th minute at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Andres Kudacki/AP)