LIVE: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

LIVE: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

45′ Two minutes have been added on at the end of the first half at the Wanda Metropolitano.

44′ NO PENALTY! The referee goes over to the monitor to check the handball incident. It certainly hit Felipe’s outstretched arm but the officials do not deem it worthy of a penalty. A big call, and one Zidane is not pleased about!

42′ PENALTY APPEAL! A number of players jump up to get on the end of the corner. Felipe is one of those and gets his head nowhere near the ball, which instead clips his outstretched arm. It looks like this will go to a VAR check…

41′ CHANCE! Suarez constantly seems to be in space, despite his close proximity to the opposition goal. A cross comes in from the right and the former Barcelona man volleys into the ground and on target – not an easy chance, that, it must be said.

39′ Rodrygo picks up the ball between the lines. Rather than drive towards goal, though, he plays a misplaced pass to Benzema on his right. I think that pretty much sums up the way this game has gone for Madrid so far.

37′ Reigning champions Madrid look well off the pace. The home team are a goal to the good and are in complete control of possession.

35′ Madrid have had more shots than their opponents – five to three – but Atletico are getting into the more dangerous positions. Bar a five-minute spell, Atleti have been on top from kick-off.

33′ Lemar is the latest Atletico player to get in behind Madrid’s makeshift defence. His cutback is easily dealt with, though.

31′ Hermoso and Rodrygo tangle legs. The decision goes in Madrid’s favour and Simeone is not pleased with that, the referee going over to give the Atletico coach a warning.

29′ SAVE! Madrid get a serious shot on target for the first time today, and it is a decent attempt from Casemiro. He watches the ball all the way and fires a volley on target from 20 yards, which Oblak is unable to get under control at the first attempt.

27′ After a sustained spell of Madrid possession, Atletico have been the side on top for the past five minutes. Rather than sending crosses into the box like their opponents, Simeone’s men are trying to play a killer ball in behind.

25′ Suarez, who is having a great game, chips a delightful cross towards the back post but Carrasco cannot quite make contact with it.

24′ Another cross into the Atletico box, another glanced header wide from Benzema. The visiting team have had countless half-chances, but nothing clear-cut yet in front of goal.

22′ Trippier produces a good challenge to take the ball off Mendy. The returning full-back initially stays down but seems fine to continue.

21′ If there is one side in world football you do not want to be chasing a goal against, it is surely Atletico. Simeone’s side are content to sit in and soak up the pressure, with Benzema guiding a header off target.

19′ Madrid have dominated possession since Suarez’s opener. Atletico are likely to sit back now for the remainder of the game and protect what they have.

17′ SHOT! That goal has sparked Madrid into life. Asensio sends a cross in from the left and an unmarked Benzema meets it 12 yards out, but his first-time finish is an easy one for Oblak to deal with.

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15′ Trippier passed the ball to Llorente and the versatile midfielder slotted the ball in behind the Madrid defence for Suarez to do the rest. Simple, yet incredibly effective play from Atletico.

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15′ GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!! ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 REAL MADRID!! Make that 10 goals in 13 league games for Suarez against Madrid! The striker holds his run and gets on the end of Llorente’s throughball before firing past Courtois with a trademark outside-of-the-boot finish.

14′ Casemiro stamps on the boot of Llorente. The Atletico midfielder is hobbling at the moment but should be fine to continue.

13′ Madrid spend a minute or so knocking the ball around in defence and midfield before Modric gives it away under little pressure. The visitors have yet to put together a serious attack of note, though the same is true of their opponents.

12′ Real Madrid have not lost any of their three games at Wanda Metropolitano in LaLiga (W1 D2), and remain the only team to have played at Atletico Madrid’s new stadium without losing in the competition.

10′ The onus is on reigning champions Madrid to pick up a win today, but they have not really got out of first gear in the early stages. Zidane’s side, as expected, are going with their tried-and-tested 4-3-3.

8′ Modric, of all people, gets his head to the Atletico corner. The hosts actually appear to be operating with a 4-4-2 today, rather than the previously advertised 3-4-2-1.

6′ Suarez takes on the free-kick from a good 30 yards out. It clips the top of the wall and goes behind for the first corner of the contest.

4′ The home side are definitely looking to get in their opponents’ faces from the off. Suarez tries to flick the ball in behind but is fouled by Varane before he can do so.

2′ Atleti are quick out of the blocks. Koke has a shot blocked from the edge of the area and Madrid eventually clear their lines.

1′ KICK-OFF! Madrid, who can close the gap on league leaders Atletico to two points with a victory today, get us up and running in the Spanish capital.

Both sets of players have made their way onto the field at the Wanda Metropolitano and kick-off in this Madrid derby is just moments away. This really is a huge clash at the top of LaLiga!

Atletico Madrid have failed to win any of their last nine LaLiga games against Real Madrid (D5 L4), which is their longest run without a victory in a derby under Diego Simeone. Atleti have failed to score in their last three games against Madrid in LaLiga (335 minutes), in fact, since Antoine Griezmann’s goal in February 2019.

Madrid boss Zidane has also made a couple of changes following the draw with Sociedad. Benzema is back from an injury lay-off in a major fitness boost for the visitors, the Frenchman taking the place of Mariano Diaz, who is not in the squad today because of an injury sustained last time out. The other change is also in attack as Rodrygo is given the nod over Isco.

Atletico show two changes from their victory against Villarreal last weekend, both coming in the wing-back positions. Trippier is back from a 10-week ban for breaching betting regulations and takes over from Vrsaljko on the right, while Carrasco is preferred to the benched Saul on the other flank. Suarez, who has nine goals in 12 league meetings with Madrid, leads the line once again.

Subs: Marcelo, Federico Valverde, Eder Militao, Andriy Lunin, Isco, Vinicius Junior, Alvaro Odriozola, Hugo Duro, Diego Altube.

REAL MADRID XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Ferland Mendy; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema (c), Marco Asensio.

Subs: Sime Vrsaljko, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Renan Lodi, Vitolo, Lucas Torreira, Saul Niguez, Moussa Dembele, Joao Felix, Ivo Grbic.

ATLETICO MADRID XI (3-4-2-1): Jan Oblak; Stefan Savic, Felipe, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Trippier, Marcos Llorente, Koke (c), Yannick Carrasco; Angel Correa, Thomas Lemar; Luis Suarez.

Madrid’s five-match winning run in the league was ended in a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last Monday. Zinedine Zidane’s side have been playing catch up for a number of months and are five points behind Atleti, whom they have played a game more than. This, then, is effectively a must-win clash for the visitors.

Atletico’s form has been inconsistent of late, though they did beat Villarreal 2-0 last weekend to pick up a second win in five league outings. Diego Simeone’s men enter this game with their bitter rivals two points clear of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga, having played two games fewer than their closest challengers.

Welcome to our live text coverage of the LaLiga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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