Atletico Madrid 0-2 Real Madrid
Two first half goals, one from raul 32 seconds in the game and the second from van nistelrooy just before half time gave real madrid a comfortable lead which meant that they could relax in the second half after a very fast paced first half where the tackles were flying and few got injured, the match had everything from sergio ramos’s elbow to the face of kun aguero to atletico madrid’s keeper making not so good clearances.
Atletico madrid tried to slow the game down, I don’t know why as they were the one trailing, by making tackles after tackles in the midfield. Maxi Rodrigues made a really bad cynical challenge on Miguel Torres which must have affected torres’s ankle ligaments.
Aguero was by far the best player on the pitch for atletico madrid but even he had to surrender to casillas’s masterful goalkeeping which really frustrated atletico madrid. Real madrid substituted guti and brought baptista to add some weight to the midfield of real madrid. Real Madrid were also didn’t hesitate to make tackles when required which saw several real madrid players getting booked for fouls close to the edge of the penalty area. Anyway, Baptista came on and tried to impose himself in the midfield getting fouled several times in the process.
Great goal keeping from Casillas and quality finishing from real madrid’s striker was the order of the day as atletico madrid had several chances on goal but just could not convert them into goals. Real Madrid’s work ethic was superb. Drenthe came on for robinho in the 85th minute just to see the game off, schuster going for safety first option. Real madrid absorbed the pressure very well in the second half and just sat back on their 0-2 lead.
Atletico madrid I think tonight did learn that the hardest thing to do in football is to score goals as they hit the post several times in the match and ended up shooting themselves in the foot as the first goal was a poor mistake by the defender and the second goal was just unacceptable goal keeping from atletico madrid’s goal keeper.
Casillas 9 : He is on unbelievable form at the moment, keeping real madrid alive in tough matches against tough opponents, Casillas is just unbeatable at the moment. Made some stunning saves which as I always say acts as an extra securtiy which allows real madrid to relax a bit and go forward with more commitment. I think Casillas’s performance in this match and also in the previous ones has definitely put him ahead of Cech and Buffon. Still has not reached his peak yet and will definitely continue to improve in the coming years for real madrid.
Salgado 2 : From the moment he came on for pepe he looked like making a mistake and mistake he did make just seconds after his arrival, giving a free kick straight to atletico madrid’s striker but real madrid were able to recover. Did not look solid at all throughout the game, part of it can be explained by his lack of match practise and low confidence but still, when your at real madrid you have to make your chances count just like julio baptista has done. Judging by his performance tonight I would not be surprised if he is dropped again to the subs bench.
Sergio Ramos 7 : Solid defending by the versatile defender. Switched to center back when pepe got injured and performed at an exceptional well. He was very efficient in clearing headers and maintaining a decent shape of the real madrid’s defense throughout the game. Was very creative in going forward and troubled atletico madrid’s wing backs earlier in the game. He is fast becoming one of the best defenders in Europe with his consistent performances.
Cannavaro 7 : Had a good game, but then again you always expect a good game from the former player of the year Cannavaro. Worked hard in closing down atletico attackers when ball was played to them from the center and made life difficult for forlan and aguero, not allowing them to settle on the ball.