Real Madrid remained perfect in La Liga this season with a 2-1 derby win over city rivals Atletico Madrid to once again go top of the league standings.

Rodrygo and Federico Valverde were on target for Real while Atletico’s goal came from Mario Hermoso.

Playing in front of a hostile Wanda Metropolitano, Real ceded early control but managed to breach Atletico’s defence for the first time in the 20th minute when Rodrygo got on the end of Aurelien Tchouameni’s chipped pass to smash home the opener past Jan Oblak.

Real’s second came in the 36th minute when Vinicius Jr’s attempted shot bounced off the post and into Valverde’s path who buried the rebound to score for a third consecutive game.

Atletico were forced to play catchup for the rest of the game but improved after the half and managed to rattle Real Madrid in the dying stages of the game.

A corner kick took an inadvertent bounce off Mario Hermoso and sailed past Thibaut Courtois in the 81st minute to set up a nervy ending. Despite the host’s best efforts, Real managed to see out the game for their sixth win in a row.

With the win over Atletico, Real Madrid once again retakes the top spot of La Liga from Barcelona who also won registered a win over the weekend. 

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