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Real win derby, narrow gap on leaders

Real win derby, narrow gap on leaders
Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal (left) celebrates with captain Sergio Ramos after a goal is scored against Atletico Madrid, December 12, 2020. (Reuters)

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MADRID – Real Madrid showed why they are Liga champions with a convincing 2-0 home win over Atletico Madrid in the derby on Saturday to end the pacesetters’ unbeaten start to the league season.

Real deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute when Casemiro headed home from a corner, leaving Atletico behind for the first time in their 11th league game of the season.

Dani Carvajal put Zinedine Zidane’s Real side further at ease with a stunning strike in the 63rd minute which came off the post and into the net off keeper Jan Oblak for an own goal.

Atletico still lead the standings on 26 points, while Real climbed to third and closed the gap on their city rivals to three points, although Diego Simeone’s side have a game in hand.

The result also means second-placed Real Sociedad can reclaim top spot if they beat Eibar on Sunday.