Real Madrid continued its perfect start and complete record by beating neighbors Atlético 2-1 on Sunday to regain the lead from rival Barcelona at the end of the sixth stage of the Spanish Football League.
La Real increased its lead to 18 points in 6 games, and to 9 wins in a row in various competitions (European Super Cup and European Champions League), two points behind Barcelona, and three behind Real Betis, third winner of Girona 2 -1 before.
It is the best start of the Spanish and European champions in “La Liga” since the 1987-1988 season.
Argentine Diego Simeone made his French international striker Antoine Griezmann a key player for the first time this season in the ‘derby’ at the Metropolitan Stadium.
The ‘mattress’ striker has never been key in his team’s games this season (5 in the League and 2 in the Champions League) due to a clause in his contract after his transfer from Barcelona, and he only played less than half an hour at the end of each meeting in which he participated.
“(Álvaro) Morata and Joao (Félix from Portugal) are playing well, and Griezmann also in the 30 minutes he is playing gives us order and strength and gives us new opportunities for cooperation in attack… At the moment we have organized ourselves “Simeone said at the press conference held on Saturday before the expected summit. In this way.”
Barcelona loaned the ‘Gallos’ striker, whose contract runs until 2024 for the second consecutive season, to his former team Atlético, only to find ‘Grizo’ himself trapped in the middle of the dilemma between both clubs regarding the terms of his contract .
According to local press, Atletico’s €40m contract option will kick in automatically if the Frenchman plays more than 45 minutes in 50 per cent (or more) of his team’s games during the season.
Simeone set the time the French international forward played (108 caps, 42 goals) at 27 minutes per game, so as not to force his club to pay the penalty clause. Although his role was limited to substitute attire, the 2018 world champion showed his goalscoring efficiency by scoring 3 goals in ‘La Liga’ since the start of the new season.
In an atmosphere charged and accompanied by criticism of the voices that demanded striker Vinicius Junior not to dance to celebrate his goals, the Brazilian was again the victim of the racist chants of the red and white fans.
But those racist campaigns faced by many former and current players in solidarity with the Brazilian, did not discourage Real from giving a high level and scandalizing their host with two goals in the first half, taking advantage of two counterattacks, while Atlético collided with the defense of Real and the forcefulness of the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s men were sure of themselves in the face of the forcefulness of the tackles in this “derby” and the large number of objections, so Real opened the scoring after an individual action by the brilliant Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde in the last period. The right-hander (18), in his third league goal this season.
And Valverde became top scorer after a joint match between Vinicius Junior and Croatian Luka Modric, who passed a deep ball down the left wing that ended with the Uruguayan post in the empty goal (36).
La Real excelled in possession of the ball by 55 per cent until the 60th minute, while the first 15 minutes of the second half did not see any shots from the two teams, as Simeone brought out the replacement of Argentine midfielder Rodrigo de Paul for the striker. Alvaro Morata. and the Portuguese Joao Félix with the Portuguese Mateus Konya (62).
Atlético managed to reduce the difference with the goal of the substitute Mario Hermoso 12 minutes after the Belgian Yannick Carrasco came on as a substitute after a corner kick by Griezmann, the Brazilian Eder Militao failed to clear before Courtois, to follow the defender with his shoulder into the net (84), before being sent off in the first minute of estimated time Lost for receiving a second yellow card after two minutes.
This Sunday, Real Betis got its second consecutive victory over Girona by 2-1, retaking third place.
Betis owes its victory to Borja Iglesias, who celebrated in the best possible way his call-up to the Spanish team under the guidance of coach Luis Enrique, scoring both goals for his team in the 15th minute and 71st from a penalty.
Girona opened the scoring in the seventh minute through defender Arno Martins, 19.
Sevilla, meanwhile, continued to splurge on points after humble beginnings with a disappointing 1-1 draw against hosts Villarreal.
Sevilla took an early lead through Oliver Torres in the eighth minute, while the “Yellow Submarines” team equalized in the second half, Alejandro “Alex” Baena Rodrigues (51).
The Andalusian club, under the direction of coach Julen Lopetegui, is in fifteenth place with 5 points from one win, two draws and three losses, while Unai Emery’s team is sixth with 11 points.
Coach Emery’s men, who won the European League “Europa League” three times with his former team Sevilla and with Villarreal last season, resisted the desire of Lopetegui’s players to achieve a second consecutive win this season and the second also away from home after having defeated Espanyol Barcelona 3-2 in the last stage, achieving their first victory after three defeats and a draw.
Sevilla took the lead in the eighth minute when Real Madrid debutant Isco broke the offside trap and passed a ball to Torres, whose last shot hit the far post.
Villarreal, who play their home games, put pressure on Levante’s Ciudad de Valencia stadium until the end of the year for the restoration work on its “De Cerámica” stadium, while Sevilla had difficulties getting the ball out.
And the Andalusian club suffered a new blow after the injury of its Moroccan international goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, who was forced to leave the field a few minutes before the end of the first half, but soon his Serbian substitute Marko Dmitrovic was forced to withdraw the ball. of his goal after Baena scored his third league goal this season.
And 10 minutes before the final whistle, the referee gave Sevilla a penalty after an error by the debuting substitute this summer, his Brazilian defender Alex Telles, on the other substitute, Emre Beno, but he reversed his decision after appealing to the video assistant. the referee ‘VAR’, who indicated an infiltration to the pupil.
Real Sociedad beat Espanyol 2-1.
He scored for Norwegian winner Alexander Sorloth (17), to be answered by Eduardo Expósito (19), to grab the winner from Bryce Mendes (29), his fourth goal in six matches.
Sociedad advanced to eighth place with 8 points, while Espanyol, who suffered their fourth loss, are in 17th place with 4 points.
Osasuna lost 0-2 against Getafe today on the opening day of this stage.