Atletico Madrid took all Real Madrid had to throw at them as they won 2-1 at the Bernabeu.
Last season’s surprise champions weathered a first-half storm after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Tiago’s opener, and their resolve was worth it as they won it in the 76th minute.
Substitute Arda Turan got their winner, but all their players were heroes as budgets were again made a mockery of as Diego Simeone’s men won across the city for the second time in two seasons.
Real’s Galacticos had no answer to Atleti’s steel and this success comes after the Red and Whites won the Super Cup against the European champions earlier this month.
The magnitude of that cannot be understood until the ins and outs of each side are considered. Real signed the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez in the summer while, Atleti, as is their way, lost their best performers in Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois.
Simeone is somehow able to refresh the quality in his side, though, and consistently finds ways to keep pace with Atleti’s fellow title contenders.
Even with their coach suspended for eight games and watching from an executive box Atleti find a way to perform and they did just that from the 10th minute onwards.
Koke’s corner from the left found Tiago at the near post and unchallenged, four yards out, he nodded in the opener.
That sparked Real into life and they dominated the rest of the half.
Ronaldo’s cross found Rodriquez, who hit the ball down into the ground and watched as it bounced over, before Karim Benzema sent an opportunistic curling effort just over.
It looked for all the world that Real had equalised in the 23rd minute as Gareth Bale cracked a brilliant free-kick over the wall but saw Miguel Moya produce an improbable stop away to his left.
The pressure did tell, though, and Real levelled in the 25th minute. Ronaldo ran at Guilherme Siqueira and confused him with stepovers. As the left-back offered him a leg, Ronaldo took it, went to ground and won a penalty which he converted away to Moya’s right.
Ronaldo dragged a shot wide straight after and should have laid on a second but after playing Benzema clean through he saw his team-mate overrun the ball and allow Moya to come out and block him off.
It was excellent keeping from Moya but nothing compared to the brilliant save he made from the France international just before the break, going down low to his right to dig out a header that was going in the bottom corner.
Level at the break, Real looked devoid of ideas in the second half and started to wane, with new signing Javier Hernandez sent on in the pursuit of goals.
It was at the other end where the net rippled, though, as Atleti got ahead again.
Turan signalled his intent with a shot across the face of goal and should actually have done better as he got to a Juanfran cross from the right but could not get it on target.
But he found his range with 14 minutes left, stroking in from 12 yards after Raul Garcia stepped over a Juanfran cross from the right.
Real had no answer and Simeone was left to celebrate wildly from his vantage point high in the stands.
Source: Sky Sports