Atletico Madrid 1 Real Madrid 2: Los Blancos win manic derby against 10-man rivals which is marred by vile racist chants
REAL’S return to the top of LaLiga was marred by large-scale racist chanting from Atletico fans at Vinicius Junior.
Rodrygo and Federico Valverde earned victory before Atleti sub Mario Hermoso replied late on and saw red in stoppage time.
Real joy, though, was overshadowed by “monkey” shouts from swarms of Atletico supporters before the match.
And claims hit social media of stewards doing nothing to stop the behaviour outside Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
Such anger over the chants lit the fuse for another fierce derby.
And Carlo Ancelotti’s men responded best, making it nine wins in nine games this season, their sixth in LaLiga.
Yet Atletico menaced twice early on in this heated clash.
Felipe headed Rodrigo de Paul’s free-kick over and Yannick Carrasco had a shot deflected wide.
But Real netted brilliantly on 18 minutes from their first chance.
In-form Brazil forward Rodrygo sublimely finished off Aurelien Tchouameni’s fine pass as Real netted on 18 minutes from their first chance.
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And Federico Valverde doubled the lead after Vinicius Jr’s shot came back off a post.
Atletico improved after the break, helped by the introduction of Spain defender Hermoso in the 72nd minute
The Spain defender cut the deficit off his shoulder 11 minutes later after Thibaut Courtois flapped at a corner
But as the contest entered stoppage time he was booked for dissent before soon being harshly sent off for a second yellow card after he shoved Dani Ceballos.
The pre-match racism, however, left a bitter taste.
And social media was full of calls for Atletico to be punished.
One observer posted “I feel sick” and another stressed the number of offenders as he tweeted: “It’s f***ing thousands. I’m at a loss for words”.