Real win derby, rise to sec­ond

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Associated Press sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MADRID: In a derby marked by video re­view, Real Madrid de­feated Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Satur­day to over­come the city ri­val in the Span­ish league stand­ings and re­turn to sec­ond place for the first time since Septem­ber. An over­head kick by Casemiro, a penalty kick con­verted by Ser­gio Ramos, and a sec­ond-half goal by Gareth Bale led Real Madrid to their fifth straight league win.

An­toine Griez­mann scored for Atletico, who lost at home in the league for the first time this sea­son.

Griez­mann’s goal was ini- tially dis­al­lowed for off­side but the VAR re­versed the call. Video re­view also had to be used to con­firm the penalty that led to Ramos’ goal just be­fore half­time, and to ver­ify an­other off­side call that dis­al­lowed a sec­ond-half equaliser by for­mer Real Madrid for­ward Al­varo Mo­rata. It was also used when Mo­rata wanted a penalty call - not awarded - later in the game.

Real Madrid have moved to within five points of lead­ers Barcelona, who visit Ath­letic Bil­bao on Sun­day. Real Madrid hasn’t been this high in the stand­ings since the sev­enth round.

Atletico, who were com­ing off a loss at Real Betis in what had been their first league loss since the third round, stayed six points off the lead.

The hosts played a man down from the 80th minute after mid­fielder Thomas Partey was sent off for a sec­ond yel­low card.

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