With Barça tripping early, Real Madrid had their chance to stretch the table lead & they did not fail. Real Madrid defeated away 0 - 3 Atletico de Madrid giving a heavy blow to the home side which falls behind in the their Liga title aspirations. Meanwhile the victory gives Real Madrid a 4 point opening space with Barça.
Atletico de Madrid was outplayed tonight by their city rivals. Although Atletico had their chances to even things in the second half they failed to take the opportunity and was punished later. Real Madrid won the midfield and in doing so neutralized the ball serving to Atletico de Madrid´s main front man Griezmann. The Frenchman had a very bad night & simply disappeared as Real Madrid´s star Cristiano Ronaldo had his big night.
The Portuguese Forward managed a HAT-TRICK ( 21st, 70th (penalty) & 76th min) tonight to put his claim & personal vote forward for this years FIFA Golden Ball. The first was a free-kick goal that got a deflection, the second a penalty which was doubtful & the third a knock-in from a precision Bale pass. The difference between Atletico & Real Madrid was that the latter converted their opportunities.
The best player for Atletico de Madrid was Carrasco who was tireless & have some very close ones that did not become goal.The other player to mention for At Madrid was goalie Oblak who made some excellent saves.
- Malaga FC 0 - FC Barcelona 0
- Eibar 1 - Celta 0
- Deportivo 2 - Sevilla FC 3
- Real Betis 2 - Las Palmas 0