Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Atletico wins derby, gets closer to Champions League qualification

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MADRID – After winning La Liga last weekend and breaking through to the 2022 Champions League final with a memorable comeback, it was predictable that Real Madrid would not be the favorites to win Sunday’s version of the Madrid derby. And that was the case. Atletico Madrid beat Real 1-0 on Sunday thanks to Yannick Carrasco’s first-half penalty.

Diego Simeone’s side are now fourth and close to securing Champions League qualification again for next season. With three games remaining, Atleti only needs one win to secure a UCL spot. On the other hand, Carlo Ancelotti can definitely be satisfied with Sunday’s clash and can now focus on the final games of the year – in particular the Champions League final, which takes place in Paris against Liverpool on Saturday 28th (streaming on Paramount+).

As expected, the game on Sunday was very tense. Atleti had more chances at home in the first half but were unable to score until they were awarded a penalty following a VAR check. Simeone opted to do without both Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez and it was Carrasco who scored the only goal of the evening from the penalty spot.

Real played with few substitutes and started with Luka Jovic up front and Andriy Lunin as goalkeeper. The team was definitely different and less dangerous but managed to stay in the game until the end.

In the second half, Ancelotti brought on Luka Modric while Simeone started with Griezmann instead of Correa after the break. Atletico and Real had chances in the second half but saves from Atletico keeper Jan Oblak prevented Real from equalizing. Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid: Atletico wins derby, gets closer to Champions League qualification

Justin Scacco

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