La Liga: Ruthless Real Madrid swat Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid won 2-0 against a listless Atletico Madrid on Sunday, securing a 10th straight victory in all competitions that tightened their grip on the top spot in La Liga.
Karim Benzema, who had been a doubt for the game with a leg injury and only played the first 45 minutes, made the most of his time on the pitch, hitting a beautiful volley from Vinicius Jr’s perfect cross to open the scoring in the first half.
It was the 17th goal of his career against Atletico and 13th of the season to lead the La Liga scoring chart.
Vinicius Jr did not score but was man of the match after earning another assist early in the second half, this time for Marco Asensio as Real extended to 11 their unbeaten streak against their local rivals in La Liga.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team are currently cruising at the top of the table, eight points clear of second-placed Sevilla and 13 above Diego Simeone’s Atletico in fourth, albeit having played a game more than both.
“To win a Derby is very important to our fans and I bet they left the stadium really happy,”Asensio told reporters.