Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid face off at the Santiago Bernabéu in what will be the first derby of the season. The white fiefdom returns to host a match of this caliber almost two years later. The team led by Carlo Ancelotti comes to the meeting very reinforced: they have a record of nine consecutive victories, in addition to being the leader in their Champions group and in the LaLiga classification. Atleti, on the other hand, have their morale through the roof after their great game in Porto to qualify for the second round of the Champions League.
Throughout these ten years, ‘merengues’ and ‘colchoneros’ have faced each other in all possible competitions: Champions League finals, Cup finals, decisive matches, etc. The Madrid derby atmosphere is always different and is that, characterized by the intensity of both teams, it has the peculiarity of having decided many titles. Here you will be able to find the five derbies that they do not forget in Real Madrid and also the five that they do not forget in Atlético de Madrid, all of them celebrated in the last decade.
The derbies that Real Madrid fans don’t forget
The Estadio da Luz in Lisbon will always remain on the retina of all white fans. It is a meeting that has probably marked a before and after in the history of the club and is that, after winning that Champions League, Real Madrid raised four in five years. A match that Atlético de Madrid had won and that was going to be the first Champions League for their showcases, an imperial header from Sergio Ramos took the match into extra time. In added time, Ancelotti’s men did not forgive.
Chicharito decided this Champions League derby. Real Madrid and Atlético faced each other in the quarterfinals and, after drawing 0-0 in the first leg, the return match was decisive for the interests of both teams. The Mexican striker scored in the 88th minute and gave the classification to the white team, which would later be eliminated in the next round at the hands of Juventus.
With a great thirst for revenge, Atlético de Madrid faced a new opportunity to snatch the Champions League from Real Madrid. Carrasco sent into extra time a game that Sergio Ramos had advanced with a goal. After the tie in the regulation 120 minutes, the game opted for the penalty shoot-out. Juanfran’s decisive one, who crashed the ball against the post, since Cristiano Ronaldo sent the final one to the net.
With twenty-two goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of Madrid derbies. They are followed by Santiago Bernabéu and Alfredo Di Stefano, both with seventeen goals. The history of the Portuguese in the confrontations between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid is better understood with this match, an authentic display of the striker in the League, where he endorsed three goals to the ‘colchonero’ team.
Federico Valverde became an unexpected hero of this match. In extra time, in the 115th minute, he forced a red card to cut one against Álvaro Morata. With little reaction time for Atlético de Madrid, the match headed for a penalty shoot-out. Again, the white box was unappealable from the launch of the maximum penalty and snatched the Spanish Super Cup from Simeone’s men.
The derbies that Atlético de Madrid fans don’t forget
The history of derbies with overtime is an idyllic relationship. This time the match also had to go until 120 minutes for the Copa del Rey to have a winner. Miranda’s head won the Santiago Bernabéu so that, with his goal in 98, the trophy would go to Vicente Calderón.
The Spanish Super Cup in the summer of 2014 was decided on the second leg of the tie. After the 1-1 in the first game, a goal from Mario Mandzukic after two minutes of the game gave him the competition for Simeone’s men. It may not be the most celebrated title, but winning it against the greatest rival gives it a very significant plus.
The last great dance of Fernando Torres at the Santiago Bernabéu. The round of 16 of that Copa del Rey was decided by two goals from ‘el Niño’ in the first minutes of each half. This match was one of the most significant in the return of the striker to Atlético de Madrid.
One of the worst afternoons for Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderón. Carlo Ancelotti was the coach that day for the Whites and watched from the bench the goals of Thiago, Saúl, Griezmann and Mandzukic. A clash dominated from start to finish by Simeone’s men, which ended with Kevin Roldán’s curious party on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 30th birthday.
Again, a final between both teams that was going to be resolved in extra time. Diego Costa twice, Benzema and Sergio Ramos were the scorers in the first ninety minutes. In the half hour after, Simeone’s men looked stuck in the boots of Koke and Saúl so that the match ended 4-2. In this way, the cup traveled from Tallin to Madrid to end up in the showcases of the rojiblanco team.