The boys are still dancing
There was a lot of talk pre-match regarding Vinicius' dancing exploits. He wasn't letting anything get in his way tonight as he joined compatriot and fellow dancer Rodrygo for some Samba-style celebrations at the Metropolitano.
Antonio Rudiger: "Madrid is white"
Rudiger tastes victory for the first time in a Madrid derby.
Fede Valverde: "The derby is ours"
I always had the confidence but the only thing that has changed is that I started scoring goals last season and now I'm scoring again. I'm going well. It's always a pleasure to play with Vini.
Real Madrid go top
Los Blancos have won every game this season and return to the top of LaLiga with six wins from six.
Atleti lose to cross-city rivals
It wasn't to be for Simeone's side, who have a lot to improve on going forward.
"We've done what we set out to do. We didn't have the ball to create chances in the second half but we were comfortable at 2-0. Benzema is vital for us but Rodrygo scored a great goal tonight and we have an excellent squad."
Real Madrid win the derby
Atlético scored late on through Hermoso but it wasn't enough against a Madrid side who led 2-0 at the break thanks to first-half goals from Rodrygo and Valverde.
FT: Atlético Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid return to the top of the table with a derby victory over their neighbours.
Madrid's game management has been quite impressive tonight.
There have been four minutes added on!
That first yellow has come back to haunt Hermoso. It's two yellows in two minutes!
Ceballos goes over very easily and Hermoso receives red. He actually doesn't touch Ceballos and is understandably furious.
Mario Hermoso is sent off for Atlético Madrid!
Carvajal shoves Reinildo over and Hermoso squares up to the Madrid full-back. It all kicks off now. You got to love derbies!
Hermoso is booked for it.
Real Madrid are camped in their own half but Atleti struggle to find a way through as the clock ticks down.
Clever tactics from Madrid
OFF Kroos & Rodrygo
ON Ceballos & Asensio
That goal has really lifted the home crowd. Can Atleti equalise now? Simeone has rolled the dice…
Atleti back in the game
Hermoso gives them hope.
The ball falls from the corner and hits Hermoso's shoulder and flies in. Atleti don't care. It's game on!
Atlético pull one back!
MARIO HERMOSO scores
Real Madrid lead 2-0 in the derby with just over 10 minutes left on the clock. As things stand, they are also top of the table.
Correa tries from a tight angle but Courtois makes another low save.
Atleti are playing Correa, Morata, Griezmann and Cunha in attack. Madrid are still defending well as the home side struggle to break them down.
Correa has often come off the bench and produced some magic. With less than 15 minutes to go, they need him to produce.
Valverde drives his free-kick over Oblak's bar.
Madrid survive without KB9
The succession planning has begun.
Double change for Atleti
OFF Carrasco & Koke
ON Hermoso & Correa
Atlético are about to make another couple of changes. It looks like Hermoso and Correa. Real Madrid are sitting very comfortably right now.
Carrasco tries to find a pass through a hole for Griezmann. Carvajal reads it very well and Madrid move up the pitch.
Real Madrid are happy to sit in two banks of four and soak up the pressure. Atlético don't look like scoring.
He has been involved in seven goals in his last 10 games for Madrid.
Griezmann's corner goes low and it's cleared. Atleti are having plenty of set pieces and crosses but have yet to get past former goalkeeper Courtois.
Koke is booked for taking out Rodrygo as he races down the right.
Cunha wins Atleti a corner straight away. The corner is headed away by Tchouameni.
Morata and Cunha go up front as the home side look for goals. Griezmann has moved into a deeper role. 0-2
OFF De Paul & Felix
ON Cunha & Morata
Llorente wins Atleti a corner on the right. De Paul goes short to Griezmann, who whips in a brilliant cross. Felipe is penalised for fouling in the box.
Morata and Cunha are about to come in for Atlético.
Atlético still have plenty of time and they attack again. De Paul plays it into Griezmann. He spins away and crosses on his weaker right. It lands in the hands of Thibaut Courtois.
Griezmann clips the free into the box. It's a low one and Courtois comes out to claim it.
De Paul is fouled about 25 yards from goal. The Real players surround the referee to protest but he's not changing his mind.
Griezmann sends his free-kick into the box from the right-hand side of the pitch. Madrid clear. 0-2
Simeone has sent his subs out to warm up. We can expect changes very soon as Atlético look for a way back into this one.
Koke, club legend
Tonight is the Atlético skipper's 553rd game for the club.
Joao Felix has been involved in 56% of Atlético’s goals in the current league campaign and served up three assists.
Vinicius meanwhile, had played, before tonight, an active part in 47% of Madrid’s 15 goals this season, scoring four of them himself.
66,881 spectators here in the Metropolitano tonight.
Will Atlético go for it? They have to. Another Real Madrid goal would surely put the game to bed.
There are no changes to report.
Atlético get us underway for the second half!
Real Madrid lead
Atlético have it all to do in the second 45'
HT: Atlético 0-2 Real Madrid
The reigning La Liga champions lead at half-time with goals from the in-form Rodrygo and Valverde.
There will be two minutes added on!
That's terrible from Vinicius. Reinildo doesn't touch him and he dives looking for a free. Those camera angles are going to make you look silly!
Courtois saves another shot. This time it's De Paul from a long way out.
Atlético 0-2 Real Madrid, if you're just coming in from your Sunday evening drive…
Atleti head up the other end. Courtois saves Carrasco's left-footed shot. It's straight at the big shot-stopper.
The Uruguayan is on a brilliant run of form.
He scored a wondergoal last weekend against Mallorca and followed that up with a fine strike versus RB Leipzig in midweek. He's just doubled Madrid's lead.
Vinicius hits the post after a brilliant run down the left and Valverde smashes home the rebound at the far post!
Atlético Madrid 0-2 Real Madrid
Griezmann sends his free-kick high and wide. Pretty wasteful.
Ferland Mendy is next to go into the book for a tackle on Marcos Llorente. It looks like he wins the ball but the referee has decided to even things up!
He's flying in place of Benzema.
Rodrygo started centrally in place of Benzema but is also getting some joy in the half-spaces with his speed. Atlético have their hands full.
Reinildo picks up the first booking of the game for a foul on Rodrygo.
Rodrygo races through on goal but Reinildo catches the flying Brazilian and blocks his shot as he pulls the trigger for a brace.
The Frenchman hits it superbly from 20 yards. Courtois, arguably the best in the world, pushes it out for a corner!
Witsel and Kondogbia both head the incoming cross. It's over the bar!
Atlético had their fair share of possession and chances but it counts for nothing as Madrid grab the first goal. A win tonight would see them return to the top of the table. We have a long way to go here though.
Real Madrid take the lead
… And it's Rodrygo with an exquisite finish.
Very unsavoury scenes here as Atleti fans fire objects at Rodrygo and Vinicius as they celebrate the goal. There have also been reports of racist chants against the Brazilian forwards.
Tchouameni chips a ball over the Atleti back three and Rodrygo smashes it home on the half-volley. Superb finish and Madrid have the lead in the derby!
RODRYGO opens the scoring with a wonderful finish!
Kondogbia tries from distance!
It's an absolute rocket from the guts of 40 yards but it wizzes just wide of Courtois' left-hand post.
Carrasco goes close for Atleti.
Griezmann is also dropping very deep to link the play, with Carrasco playing high and closer to Joao Felix.
Kondogbia, Koke and De Paul are winning the midfield battle.
It's a brilliant move by the home side. De Paul picks out Carrasco, who is running through the middle. The Belgian works an angle for himself before hitting the side netting. Impressive start for Atlético.
Atleti have had the better start. Griezmann this time, but his long cross goes out for another goalkick. Los Blancos are camped in their own half.
Atlético work it nicely around the edge of the Madrid box. It eventually goes out for a goalkick and cue all the boos for Thibaut Courtois. They don't like him around these parts…
Weather update: It's 28 degrees at 21:09 (local time) in Madrid.
It's the first chance of the game. De Paul finds Felipe at the back post from his free-kick.
The Brazilian defender heads over!
It's getting spicy already!
Valverde faces up to Koke after a 50-50 challenge. Tchouameni gets involved, too.
It is a derby after all!
Antoine Griezmann gets a rare start for Atleti.
Real Madrid will have a lot of the ball tonight but Atlético, despite their patchy form, could give them a tough night.
Rodrygo is playing through the middle in the absence of talisman Karim Benzema.
Atlético are playing from right to left as we watch it.
Real Madrid are wearing their famous all-white kit.
The away side get us underway at the Metropolitano!
It's a brilliant atmosphere!
Simeone shakes Ancelotti's hand!
Both sides are making their way out onto the pitch!
It's a packed house at the Metropolitano tonight. This is the one that divides families and friends. Who will have the bragging rights for the next few weeks?
AS prediction: Atlético 1-1 Real Madrid
Kickoff is just 5 minutes away!
No Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the derby. Rodrygo is likely to start in the No. 9 role with Fede Valverde and Vinicius either side of the Brazilian, who scored in last week's league win over Mallorca.
Atlético will be hoping to stop Madrid's unbeaten run. Barcelona are currently top of the table but 3 points for Ancelotti's side would see them return to the top.
Kickoff is just over 15 minutes away!
Vinícius to keep dancing
Provocative goal celebrations are hardly rare in football – a cupped hand to the ear or a finger placed on the lips being among the most common ways a player invites opposition fans to keep their opinions to themselves – but LaLiga has found itself in the eye of another storm because of Real Madrid forward Vinícius' method of marking a goal: with a dance.
Players pulling out little routines is also nothing new in the game, and Brazilians are famous for their elaborate celebrations. From Bebeto’s “baby swing” at the 1994 World Cup to Ronaldo and Romário and Neymar and Lucas Paquetá, it has become as much a part of Brazilian football as Jogo bonito.
Atlético vs Real Madrid: How to watch the derby in the US online and on TV
All the information you need on how to watch Atlético and Real Madrid in Sunday’s derby at the Cívitas Metropolitano.
Real Madrid XI
Following their 1-0 win in May 2022, Atlético have the chance to make it two wins in a row against Real Madrid in LaLiga.
Atleti have won nine of their last fourteen home games in LaLiga (9W 2D 3L).
Morata has scored three goals in five games in LaLiga 22/23. He is Atleti's top scorer in domestic competition.
Benzema, with five goals, is the top scorer for Los Blancos in LaLiga.
Tonight's venue: Cívitas Metropolitano
Kickoff is less than an hour away in the Spanish capital.
It's a beautiful evening for football.
The reasons behind Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid’s club colours
Real Madrid will wear white and cross-city rivals Atlético Madrid will wear red and white in Sunday’s Madrid derby.
But why do Real Madrid wear white and why do Atlético wear red and white? Two English teams are to blame.
Defensive issues for Atlético
José María Giménez and Stefan Savic – Atlético’s first-choice central defensive partnership – are both out for the Madrid game through injury. New loan signing Sergio Reguilón also misses out as he returns from an operation on a niggling groin issue.
Atlético starting XI
The big news this evening is a rare start for Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman joins Joao Felix in attack for the home side.
Atlético's XI: Oblak – M. Llorente, Felipe, Witsel, Reinildo, Carrasco – Kondogbia, Koke, De Paul – Griezmann, Joao Felix.
Clash of the coaches
Diego Simeone will play his 22nd derby as Atleti coach against Real Madrid in LaLiga and will equal Luis Aragonés as the Atleti coach with the most derbies against Real Madrid in the history of the competition.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has lost four of his six clashes against Simeone in LaLiga.
Atlético's average start
Atlético have the honour of playing host to their city rivals and the chance to clamber their way back up the table.
Simeone’s team currently sit in seventh place on 10 points – five points behind Real Madrid.
The hosts will be glad to welcome back goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who missed the team’s last two games with a thigh injury.
Barcelona top of the table
Barcelona's 3-0 win over Elche on Saturday saw them leapfrog Madrid at the top of the table. However, a win for Los Blancos tonight will see them go top after six games.
Atlético vs Real Madrid: How much money do Simeone and Ancelotti make?
Not only is Diego Simeone the highest paid manager in club football worldwide, he also earns almost exactly the same amount as Pep Guardiola (€1.89m) and Jürgen Klopp (€1.49m) combined.
Atlético will consider that money well-spent. In just over a decade at the club, Simeone has delivered eight titles, including two LaLiga championships, two Europa League titles and a Copa del Rey, as well as leading his side to the Champions League final twice.
Madrid derby: the biggest show in town
Well, it's the biggest show in town. Just six games into the new LaLiga season and we have the Madrid derby.
Diego Simeone's men will be hoping to prevent the reigning champions from making it six wins in six tonight.
Real Madrid starting XI
And we're straight into team news here in the Spanish capital.
Carlo Ancelotti has named the following XI for tonight's Madrid derby:
Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, F. Mendy – Tchouameni, Modric, Kroos – Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius.
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