Real Madrid beat bitter rivals, Atletico Madrid, 3-1 to seal their first win at the Wanda Metropolitano away from home for the first time.
Gareth Bale’s 100th goal for the club helped secure the win to move them up to second in LaLiga.
Los Blancos asserted a morale-boosting draw at Barcelona the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Wednesday and they delivered another flexible showcase to beat Diego Simeone’s men all alone turf out of the blue since their meeting at the Vicente Calderon in November 2016.
Madrid looked in control at the back under pressure in the second half and finished off their opponents 16 minutes from time through substitute Bale’s landmark goal, before Thomas Partey’s late sending off.
A fluid Madrid looked bright in the early stages and deservedly went ahead 16 minutes in – Casemiro producing a brilliant bicycle kick to beat Jan Oblak after Ramos nudged the ball on from a corner.
Atletico conceded twice in a first half at the Wanda for the first time, as Sergio Ramos’ penalty added to Casemiro’s spectacular opener after Antoine Griezmann had equalised, with a little thanks to VAR.
Atletico responded well and levelled nine minutes later, as Angel Correa contentiously robbed Vinicius Junior and fed Griezmann, who beat the offside trap and slotted through Thibaut Courtois’ legs.
Atletico thought they had equalised when Alvaro Morata lifted the ball over Courtois and into the net in the 54th minute, but VAR proved he was marginally offside
But Ramos restored the lead just before the break, confidently dispatching a penalty into the bottom-left corner after Jose Gimenez clumsily tripped Vinicius, with VAR adjudging it to have happened just inside the box.