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Football-Real Madrid cruise to victory in the derby against Atletico

Real Madrid won 2-0 against a listless Atletico Madrid on Sunday, earning a 10th straight win in all competitions that tightened their grip on top spot in La Liga. Karim Benzema, who had been doubtful for the game with a leg injury and only played the first 45 minutes, made the most of his time on the pitch, hitting a fine volley from Vinicius Jr’s perfect cross to open the score in the first half. .

It was the 17th goal of his career against Atletico and the 13th of the season to lead the La Liga goalscoring charts. Vinicius Jr didn’t score but was man of the match after getting another assist early in the second half, this time for Marco Asensio as Real extended their unbeaten streak to 11 against their local rivals in La Liga.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are currently top of the table, eight points clear of second-placed Sevilla and 13 ahead of fourth-placed Atletico, despite having played one game more than both. “Winning a derby is very important to our fans and I bet they left the stadium very happy,” Asensio told reporters.

“Vinicius is playing really well, we are delighted with his progress this season. He does everything, score, assist. We are all happy for him. The home side were in complete control from start to finish with the Santiago Bernabeu crowd chanting ‘Ole’ in unison with 25 minutes remaining in the second half.

It was their fourth game in a row without conceding a goal. Fan favorite Vinicius, who received a standing ovation as he received the LaLiga Player of the Month trophy before the game, is yet to score a goal against Atletico in his four seasons in Spain but on Sunday , he became the supplier of his teammates.

He started the counter-attack which ended with Benzema opening the scoring, stealing the ball in midfield and sprinting all the way to receive a pass from Asensio and cross for Benzema to send a volley into the net. After the break he led another counter, showing good vision to send the ball to Asensio to score.

The defeat was a blow for Atletico, who have not won a Madrid derby in the league since February 2016.

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