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First Division - Day 22

Atlético Madrid 4 - Real Madrid 0

Atlético: Moyá; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siquiera; Gabi, Tiago; Arda Turan, Griezmann (Fernando Torres 77‘), Koke (Saúl Ñíguez 10‘, Raúl García 71‘), Mandzukic. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Coentrao; Khedira (Jesé 46‘), Kroos, Isco (Illarramendi 68‘); Bale, Benzema (Chicharito 73‘), Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-3-3.

1-0. 13. Tiago. Low shot under Casillas after Mandzukic laid back Juanfran centre.
2-0. 18. Saúl Ñíguez. Acrobatic overhead kick in off near post from Siqueira cross.
3-0. 67. Griezmann. Turned ball inside post after Saúl headed back Turan cross.
4-0. 89. Mandzukic. Got on the end of Torres centre to steer header past Casillas.

Yellow cards: Kroos 29’, Gabi 45’, Arda Turan 49’, Raúl García 52’, Godín 54’, Mandzukic 82’, Jesé 85’.

A sensational result on Saturday afternoon, Atlético Madrid thrashing city rivals and league leaders Real Madrid 4-0 to throw the league title race wide open! Simeone’s side went two up with only twenty minutes gone, Tiago drilling the first through the hands of Casillas after Mandzukic laid back Juanfran’s cross, and Saúl Ñíguez (who had replaced the injured Koke early on) getting the second with an acrobatic overhead kick from a Siqueira centre. A depleted Madrid side, missing the injured Pepe, Sergio Ramos, James and Modric, and with Marcelo suspended, were unable to make any inroads into the local defence, and although Ancelotti brought on Jesé at the break, they hardly troubled Moyà throughout the ninety minutes. Khedira was lucky to be let off a penalty appeal for hands shortly before half time, and Griezmann went close a couple of times before scoring the third midway through the second half, both he and Varane getting something on the ball after Saúl headed over Turan’s cross. Moyà did at least have to be on his toes to tip over Illarramendi’s volley later on, but with a minute to go Mandzukic headed the fourth from a Torres centre to rewrite the record books, the first league double over the old enemy in sixty years, a first home win in the league against them since the turn of the century, and six games in a row against Ancelotti’s side this season without a single defeat. The result takes the locals to within four points of their neighbours, and leaves the door open for Barcelona to close to within a point if they can beat Athletic tomorrow night.