Real beat Atletico in Madrid derby: Records broken
Real overcame arch-rivals and La Liga 2020-21 leaders Atletico in the Madrid derby. Casemiro gave Real the lead early on, before Atletico keeper Jan Oblak scored an own goal as the hosts won 2-0. Atletico, who sit atop the table, lost their first league game of the season. Defending champions Real climbed to third spot. Here are the records broken.
Real started the game strongly as Oblak produced an excellent save to tip Karim Benzema's shot onto the post before Casemiro's opener. The mid-fielder's 15th-minute header from Toni Kroos' corner gave the hosts a deserved lead. Dani Carvajal's excellent second-half strike from outside the box rebounded off the post and in off the back of Oblak. Atletico had one shot on target.
Atletico have played two games less and are above Real Sociedad at the moment. Diego Simeone's side fell to a first defeat in 26 league games. Atletico have conceded four goals so far this season. Meanwhile. defending champions Real stitched their seventh victory of the campaign. They have played one game more than Atletico. This was Real's third successive win in all competitions.
As per Opta, Zinedine Zidane is unbeaten in his seven seven La Liga games against Atletico (W3 D4). This is the best run of any Real manager in a derby against them since Luis Molowny, seven games between March 1974 and February 1986 (W5 D2).
Karim Benzema has become the non-Spanish player with the most appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions (528), surpassing Roberto Carlos (527). Meanwhile, Hector Herrera became the sixth Mexican player to play a derby between Real and Atletico in La Liga.