Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid – Football Match Report – December 12, 2021

Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored on Sunday as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at the Bernabeu to take a 13 point lead over their local rivals in the La Liga table.

Benzema struck in the 16th minute, catching a volley from Vinicius Junior’s cross past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak for his 13th league goal of the season.

The visitors improved after half-time before Asensio completed a ruthless counterattack in the 57th minute to confirm a tenth straight win for Real in all competitions.

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The result leaves Real Madrid dominant at the top of La Liga, eight points clear with 17 games played, after wins over other title contenders Sevilla, Real Sociedad and now Atletico in recent weeks.

Atletico started off brilliantly, and Thibaut Courtois had work to do when he smothered Marcos Llorente’s cross with Matheus Cunha – chosen ahead of Luis Suarez in the Atletico attack – while waiting to pounce.

After that, Real Madrid started to take control. Eder Militao’s header at the near post came through the goal before Benzema, who has been La Liga’s outstanding player so far this season, opened the scoring.

Atletico’s best opportunity came from Antoine Griezmann, whose free kick was saved by Courtois diving deep, while at the other end Vinicius tested Oblak before half-time.

Both managers made changes at the break. Carlo Ancelotti retired goalscorer Benzema, replacing him with Luka Jovic, while Diego Simeone made a double substitution, bringing in Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar for Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco.

The first chance in the second half went to Asensio, who opted to transform into a host of Atletico defenders inside the box rather than shooting quickly.

Felix made an impact, forcing Courtois to save before playing Cunha to do the same, before Atletico were defeated on the counter.

Vinicius got his second assist of the game, his last ball going to Asensio to clinically sweep Oblak.

Courtois saved Lemar well with 15 minutes remaining, and Vinicius couldn’t get enough of a dangerous cross from Ferland Mendy, while Luka Modric led the final stages of the game from midfield.

Real’s 2-0 win means Atletico have now played 11 La Liga derbies without a win, a streak dating back to 2016.

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