Atletico Madrid annihilated their city rivals, mauling Real Madrid 3-0 in their derby game on Saturday.
It was not the outcome that Real wlould have hoped for, but they were undoubtedly second best through out the match as a superior Atletico overran them.
Welcoming Cristiano Ronaldo back from suspension, coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team hardly got going and found it difficult at Vicente Calderon.
Atletico showed passion and with great intensity and desire they achieved their set objective.
Tiago Mendes opened the scoring for the defending champions after 13 minutes with substitute Saul Niguez doubling the lead with an acrobatic goal.
Two additional goals in the second half by Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic completed the rout and Real was left reeling from a very humiliating defeat to their rivals.
Atletico with the victory have now moved to within four points of Real, but they will take pride knowing that of their six meetings with their rivals this season, they won four, drew twice and not losing any.