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Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale score his 100th goal for Blancos as Solari’s men over take rival to second of the table

Gareth Bale climbed off the bench to score his 100th goal for Real Madrid and help them to a derby day victory that puts them above their neighbours Atletico and into second place in La Liga.

Atletico will complain about a second half VAR call going against them with luckless Alvaro Morata having lobbed the constantly jeered and whistled Thibaut Courtois, but the cold reality is they were well beaten by their still improving city.

Gareth Bale came off the bench to score his 100th Real Madrid goal in their win over Atletico
Gareth Bale came off the bench to score his 100th Real Madrid goal in their win over Atletico
The Welsh winger had an immediate impact after coming on by firing a low finish into the net
The Welsh winger had an immediate impact after coming on by firing a low finish into the net
Casemiro scored the opening goal of the game with a sensational acrobatic effort
Casemiro scored the opening goal of the game with a sensational acrobatic effort
He was joined by his Real Madrid team-mates as they celebrated wildly in the corner
He was joined by his Real Madrid team-mates as they celebrated wildly in the corner
Their lead did not last long though as Antoine Griezmann ran through and finished calmly
Their lead did not last long though as Antoine Griezmann ran through and finished calmly
The French striker roars with delight after levelling things up at the Wanda Metropolitano
The French striker roars with delight after levelling things up at the Wanda Metropolitano
Real captain Sergio Ramos put his team ahead once again from the penalty spot
Real captain Sergio Ramos put his team ahead once again from the penalty spot
The veteran defender produced a bizarre celebration with Lucas Vazquez after scoring
The veteran defender produced a bizarre celebration with Lucas Vazquez after scoring

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Atletico: Oblak, Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Hernandez, Correa (Rodrigo 65), Partey, Saul, Lemar (Vitolo 59), Morata (Kalinic 71), Griezmann.

Subs not used: Adan, Luis, Juanfran, Montero.

Goals: Griezmann 25

Bookings: Gimenez, Griezmann, Hernandez, Morata, Saul

Sent off: Parety 

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilon, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos (Ceballos 84), Vazquez, Benzema (Mariano 89), Vinicius Junior (Bale 57).

Subs not used: Navas, Nacho, Marcelo, Asensio.

Goals: Casemiro 16, Ramos 42, Bale 74

Booked: Vazquez, Reguilon, Modric

Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández

Attendance: 67,752

Bale’s goal came when he broke down the left and from Luka Modric’s perfect past scored past Jan Oblak from a tight angle.

The first half had already been a tale of two VAR decisions – one that benefitted Atletico, the other that favoured Real Madrid.

Before the controversy came the unmarked Casemiro to put Real Madrid into the lead.

Toni Kroos had to retake a corner on 16 minutes because the ball was outside the arc. From the retake his floated kick was aimed at Sergio Ramos. The Atletico defenders were drawn to Ramos like moths to a flame and they all got burned when his flick on fell to the unattended Casemiro who scissor-kicked it acrobatically past Oblak.

Real Madrid almost fashioned a second with a brilliant lightning break. It was two superb passes with the outside of the boot and then a disappointing finish.

First Raphael Varane played the ball out of defence, then Vinicius, hurtling down the left, crossed for Lucas Vazquez but he blasted high and wide on the volley.

Simeone was at boiling point on the touchline and was warned by the referee for his complaining. Soon the Atletico coach was jumping in joy not rage. 

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