Athletic 1- Real Madrid 2: the curse of winning the derby continues 14 years later by Di Maria
Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid (1-2) at the Vicente Calderon, in the match corresponding to the thirty-third day of the Liga BBVA, and lengthened the mattress curse against a white team that raises morale for Tuesday's vital match against Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the semifinals of the ‘Champions’ and where you will have to trace the 4-1 first leg.
The team led by José Mourinho achieved its fourth consecutive victory in the championship and the ninth at home this season after the blow suffered in the European event. Meanwhile, Atlético return to the path of defeat after their last setback against Real Sociedad (0-1) in the day 27 and add a ‘derby’ more without being able to beat Real Madrid after the victory on 30 October 1999 (1-3).
With Pepe and Khedira in the pivot and with the loss of Cristiano, the match began with a frenetic pace and with Atlético pressing the whites' ball out with great precision. Show of that momentum, it was not long before he struck the first blow. After a free kick by Gabi and a bad clearance by goal Diego López, the ball was left for Godín and he put a center on a tray so that Falcao advanced to the premises after four minutes of play with a header from an empty goal and achieved his twenty-seventh goal of the championship.
With the goal, Real Madrid was anesthetized and hardly lucid to string together dangerous plays. In front, an energetic mattress team that created danger whenever it was about to attack. But when Diego Pablo Simeone's were better, set pieces became the most powerful weapon. This time for the whites after bouncing a Di María foul and that led to Juanfran sending the ball over the goal of Courtois and signing the tie (1-1).
Tables signed, the party became a continuous evolution in both areas. A round trip without rest but lacking in precision and with a great concentration of the game in the creation zone. So crazy, the duel required forcefulness and concentration. Overcome the first 25 minutes of play, It was Atlético who arrived with more integrity to the last meters and it was again through a foul from the side when Godín was about to score the second after a millimeter center from Koke.
In the absence of five until the break, those of José Mourinho awakened and searched harder for the local goal. A one-on-one by Benzema against Courtois ended with the goalkeeper deflecting the shot after a great pass from Di María. No time for respite or recess, the visitors were about to get ahead.
After the break, the courage of the duel did not decrease. With the locals taking the initiative and Real Madrid waiting for the mistake, The first chance of the second half came after a header by Raúl García who saved Diego López with problems. Without the participation of Kaká and Khedira in the midfield, the whites had a lot of problems organizing the game. And without the explosiveness of Cristiano on the field, those of José Mourinho missed that initiative in Benzema and Morata.
While, the rojiblancos were masters of the ball and made perfect use of the mobility of Koke and Mario Suárez in the midfield. Sample of that speed in possession and behind a wall between Diego Costa and Gabi, served for the Spanish midfielder to derail the occasion to sign the 2-1. But football stuff, When Real Madrid was most depleted, Di María appeared for the resurrection, to flip the match (1-2).
Without just shooting at goal, visitors had maximized their arrivals dropper. With a lack of pause and control, Xabi Alonso entered the field of play to try to become the white compass. Atlético frozen on a frigid night on the banks of the Manzanares River, the premises had deflated. More whole and centered, the meringues had the stability they so longed for.
Lack of 15 minutes to the outcome, those of Diego Pablo Simeone gave entry to Adrián with the aim of gaining strength in the attack zone and Cristian Rodríguez to recover the mordant. With more heart than head, the locals intensified their game with the need to equalize the match and score a point in the final stretch. But it was unsuccessful.