Real Madrid continued its perfect start and full score by defeating neighbors Atletico 2-1 on Sunday to regain the lead over rivals Barcelona at the end of the sixth stage of the Spanish football league.
Real increased its lead to 18 points from 6 games, and after 9 consecutive victories in various competitions (the European Super Cup and the European Champions League), two points ahead of Barcelona, and three of Real Betis, the third winner of Girona earlier 2-1.
This is the best start for the Spanish and European champions in “La Liga” since the 1987-1988 season.
Argentinian Diego Simeone made his French international striker Antoine Griezmann a key player in the “derby” at the Metropolitano Stadium for the first time this season.
The “Colchoneros” striker has never played a key role in his team’s matches this season (5 in La Liga and 2 in the Champions League) due to a clause in his contract after his loan from Barcelona, and he had just under half an hour at the end of every meeting he participated in.
Simeone said in the press conference, which was held on Saturday, ahead of the expected summit: “(Alvaro) Morata and Joao (Portugal Felix) are playing well, and Griezmann also in the 30 minutes he plays, gives us order and strength and offers new opportunities for cooperation in attack… At that time we organized ourselves that way.”
Barcelona loaned the “Cocks” striker, who is under contract until 2024, to his former side Atletico for the second consecutive season, only to find “Grizo” himself caught in the middle of the dilemma between the two clubs over the terms of his contract.
According to the local press, Atletico’s €40 million contract option will be automatically activated if the Frenchman plays more than 45 minutes in 50 percent (or more) of his team’s matches during the season.
Simeone set the French international striker’s playing time (108 caps, 42 goals) at 27 minutes per game to avoid forcing his club to pay the penalty clause. Although his role was limited to the substitute’s shirt, the 2018 world champion showed his effectiveness by scoring 3 goals in “La Liga” since the start of the new season.
Criticism of Vinicius does not discourage the “Royal”
In a charged atmosphere and the accompanying criticism of voices calling on striker Vinicius Junior not to dance in celebration of his goals, the Brazilian was once again the victim of racist chants from Atletico fans.
But those racist campaigns, which many former and current players faced in solidarity with the Brazilian, did not deter Real from offering a high level and stunned their hosts with two goals in the first half, taking advantage from two counter-attacks, while Atletico clashed with Real’s defense and the power of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti’s men looked confident in the face of the power of the tackles in this “derby” and the large number of objections, so Real opened the scoring after an individual performance by the brilliant Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde in the recent period The right foot (18), in his third goal in the league this season.
And Valverde turned into a top scorer after a joint game between Vinicius Junior and Croatian Luka Modric, who passed a ball deep on the left flank that ended with the Uruguayan post in the empty net (36).
Real excelled in possession with 55 per cent until the 60th minute, while the first 15 minutes of the second half saw no shots from either side as Simeone substituted Argentine midfielder Rodrigo de Paul with striker Alvaro Morata. . and Portuguese Joao Felix with Portuguese Mateus Konya (62).
Atletico managed to close the gap with the goal of substitute Mario Hermoso, 12 minutes after he came on as a substitute for Belgian Yannick Carrasco, after a Griezmann corner, Brazilian Eder Militao failed to put it past Courtois to clean. received a second yellow card within two minutes.
Betis regains the third
Real Betis won their second consecutive win at the expense of Girona 2-1 on Sunday and reclaimed third place.
Betis owed their victory to Borja Iglesias, who celebrated his call-up to the Spanish national team by coach Luis Enrique in the best possible way, scoring his side’s two goals in the 15th and 71st minutes from the penalty spot .
Girona opened the scoring in the seventh minute through 19-year-old defender Arno Martins.
On the other hand, Sevilla continued to squander points after their humble start with a disappointing 1-1 draw against hosts Villarreal.
Sevilla advanced early in the eighth minute through Oliver Torres, while the “Yellow Submarines” team equalized in the second half, Alejandro “Alex” Baena Rodrigues (51).
The Andalusian club, under the supervision of coach Julen Lopetegui, is in fifteenth place with 5 points from a win, two draws and three defeats, while Unai Emery’s team is sixth with 11 points.
Coach Emery’s men, who won the European League “Europa League” three times last season with his former team Sevilla and with Villarreal, resisted the desire of Lopetegui’s players for a second victory in a row this season to achieve and the second also away from home after he dropped Espanyol Barcelona 3-2 in the last leg and achieved his first win after three defeats and a draw.
Sevilla took the lead in the eighth minute when Real Madrid rookie Isco broke the offside and passed the ball to Torres, whose final 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 due to the restoration work in its “De Ceramica” stadium, while Sevilla found it difficult to get the ball out.
The Andalusian club suffered another blow after the injury to its Moroccan international goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, who had to leave the field a few minutes before the end of the first half, but soon his Serbian substitute Marko Dmitrovic had to take the ball from his just after Baena scored his third goal in the league this season.
And 10 minutes before the final whistle, the referee awarded a penalty against Sevilla after a foul by rookie substitute this summer, his Brazilian defender Alex Telles, on the other substitute, Emre Beno, but he reversed his decision after he ‘ appealed to the video assistant. referee “VAR”, which indicated an offside.
Real Sociedad beat Espanyol 2-1.
He scored for Norway’s winner Alexander Sorloth (17), to be answered by Eduardo Exposito (19), to set up Bryce Mendes (29) for his fourth goal in six games.
Sociedad moved up to eighth place with 8 points, while Espanyol, who suffered their fourth loss, are in 17th place with 4 points.
Earlier today, Osasuna lost 0-2 against Getafe in the opening phase of this stage.