Real Madrid 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Ronaldo the difference in dire derby

Real Madrid displayed their clinical side to emerge 2-0 victors over Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Liga Derbi at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil on target for the home team.

Jose Mourinho gave los Blancos fans the opportunity to boo him on the pitch 40 minutes before kick-off, but was greeted positively by those supporters inside the stadium, despite coming under criticism for his side’s poor start to the Liga campaign that saw them start this match eight points behind their city rivals.

It did not take long for his side to take the lead in the match, as Ronaldo made it 1-0 to the reigning Liga champions with an unstoppable free kick in the 16th minute, while Mesut Ozil added a second after the break to seal the win.

Atletico’s in-form forward Radamel Falcao was allowed his first glimpse at goal in the seventh minute when he got the wrong side of Pepe, but the Madrid centre-back managed to regain his composure and knock the ball behind as the Colombian attacker pulled back his left foot to shoot from the a tight angle.

Despite being second-best in the opening exchanges the home side took a 1-0 lead in emphatic fashion through Ronaldo. The Portugal international made Diego Simeone’s men pay for Arda Turan’s foolish handball 30 yards from the Atletico goal by hammering the resulting free kick past Thibaut Courtois and into the bottom corner.

Madrid nearly increased their lead to two from another set piece in the 37th minute when Xabi Alonso set up Ronaldo for a long-range effort but Courtois was able to keep the attacker’s strike out on this occasion, diving brilliantly to his right to parry the ball away.

The home side were slightly fortunate to end the first half with 11 men on the pitch after Ramos caught Falcao with a stray elbow as the two tussled for possession right in front of the linesman, while Atletico’s midfield duo of Gabi and Mario Suarez avoided bookings in the minutes before the break after both went in late on Ronaldo.

Half-time failed to calm either team as the second half was punctuated by spats between players from each side, just as the first half had been.

Madrid did manage to increase their lead eventually, courtesy of Ozil. Atletico’s makeshift left-back Cata Diaz was caught out of position after his team-mate Miranda headed the ball straight into the path of Ronaldo, and the Madrid forward quickly sprayed a pass to Ozil on the right. The Germany international adjusted his body well to meet the ball on the half-volley with his left foot, and his strike flew straight into the bottom left corner.

Ronaldo still had time to strike both the crossbar and the post as Madrid controlled the closing stages, in stark contrast to the sluggish start they had made to the match.

TEAM NEWS: Mourinho keeps faith as Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has has kept faith with the side that went down 1-0 to Real Betis last week, selecting the same eleven for Los Blancos’ Primer Division clash with Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening.

Los Blancos recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory with a side that included wholesale changes in their last outing against Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey, but it’s business as usual for the Madrid derby.

Germany international Mesut Ozil will be out to repay his coach’s confidence after the midfielder has failed to reach the heights of last season, playing an integral role as Madrid beat rivals Barcelona to the title.

Atleti, however, see one change to the side that saw off Sevilla 4-0 in their last La Liga match, with Mario Suarez coming into the midfield in place of Tiago.

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Xabi, Khedira, Ozil; Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

Altetico Madrid (4-4-2): Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Gabi, Mario Suarez, Arda, Koke; Diego Costa, Falcao.

Rivelino: Kaka needs to leave Real Madrid to get more first-team action

Former Brazil star Rivelino believes Real Madrid midfielder Kaka needs to leave the Santiago Bernabeu so that he can play more first-team football.

Kaka has struggled to cement his place in the starting XI of Jose Mourinho’s side having made only five appearances in the Primera Division this season.

And the 66-year-old, who won the World Cup in 1970, suggests the Blancos playmaker would be better off returning to his first club Sao Paulo if he were to leave La Liga giants.

“He wants to play, but he is having problems getting Mourinho to use him. Kaka could go to a smaller team where he could play more games,” Rivelino told Marca.

“If he leaves he should return to Sao Paulo. After all, it is his home. It would be great if Real Madrid let him leave to get games but we might have to accept that it will not happen.”

The retired player also hit out at former Brazil boss Mano Menezes indicating that he should have been sacked sooner.

He added: “We expected a lot from Menezes and he did not deliver. We are still not sure who Brazil’s regular goalkeeper and centre-forward are, two vital positions.

“It was obvious that he wasn’t going to make it to the World Cup.”

Adrian Lopez ready for feisty Madrid derby

Adrian Lopez says Atletico Madrid are prepared to show their nasty streak in a bid to beat Real Madrid on Saturday evening.

Los Rojiblancos have not beaten Jose Mourinho’s side since 1999 but find themselves eight points clear of their city rivals in the Liga table ahead of the game.

As a result, the forward is expecting a fierce encounter to ensue and says he and his team-mates must stick together if they are to take anything away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

“They have lost points which is not normal for them, but the derby is also very important to [Real] Madrid,” he told

“They will go all out from the start. It is important that we put up with the first few minutes and stand firm. If they come to bite us in the derby then we need to do the same.

“It’s at home and I know that playing at the Bernabeu is very complicated and they are a great team. We will try to play our game and be our best.”

Diego Simeone’s side sit in second place in the division with 34 points from their opening 13 games, three behind leaders Barcelona.

Cartoon of the Day: Fear of Falcao keeps Mourinho up all night

This weekend, the Santiago Bernabeu plays host to one of the most hotly-anticipated Madrid derbies in years, with Jose Mourinho’s struggling Real taking on Diego Simeone’s in-form Atletico.

The fixture has traditionally been something of a mismatch, with Real invariably enjoying comfortable victories over a succession of talented but underachieving Atletico sides.

This season, however, the tables appear to have turned. Real lie eight points behind their Madrid rivals, having already tasted defeat three times this season.

Atletico, however, have established themselves as Barcelona’s closest La Liga challengers, inspired by their prolific Colombian striker Falcao, who has already netted 11 times in the league this season.

Mourinho is a known admirer of Atleti’s irrepressible No9, labelling him “forbidden fruit” earlier in the campaign, and it is Falcao who will surely have been keeping an anxious Special One awake this week.

Fear of Falcao keeps Mourinho up all night ahead of El Derbi