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I didn't expect much more: Real Madrid boss Ancelotti after the defeat against Atletico

After delivering on a promise not to give Real Madrid a guard of honor before the game, Atletico Madrid edged the newly-crowned Spanish league champions 1-0 on Sunday, moving closer to securing a place in the Champions League. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridAfter delivering on a promise not to give Real Madrid a guard of honor before the game, Atletico Madrid edged the newly-crowned Spanish league champions 1-0 on Sunday, moving closer to securing a place in the Champions League. After delivering on a promise not to give Real Madrid a guard of honor before the game, Atletico Madrid edged the newly-crowned Spanish league champions 1-0 on Sunday, moving closer to securing a place in the Champions League. Atletico clinched victory in the final city derby of the season with a 40th-minute penalty converted by Yannick Carrasco in their first win against their rivals since 2018. Atletico were six points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis, the first team outside the champions League places three rounds to go. Betis lost 2-1 at home to second-placed Barcelona on Saturday. Sevilla stayed a point ahead of Atletico after salvaging a 1-1 stoppage-time draw at Villarreal on Sunday. "We still have three games to go, but this was an important step towards achieving our goal," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. Madrid clinched their record-breaking 35th league title with a 4-0 home win over Espanyol last weekend. Madrid fans wanted Atlético to keep a tradition of players lining up before kick-off to applaud their opponents as they step onto the field. But Atletico said ahead of the game that they won't do it so as not to upset their fans at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Madrid were poised for a place in the Champions League final after their epic win over Manchester City. "It was an even game," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. Modric and Vinicius came on as substitutes in the second half. Rodrygo, who scored twice late against Man City on Wednesday to force extra time, started the game. The penalty came after a video review to review a controversial foul by Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo on Atletico striker Matheus Cunha. Atlético had won just one of their last six games in all competitions - 2-1 against Espanyol in the Spanish league two rounds ago. Jules Kounde scored well into injury time as Sevilla walked away with a draw at Villarreal to stay a point clear of Atletico and seven points ahead of Sevilla's city rivals Betis. Kounde found the net five minutes into stoppage time after coming to a free ball in the penalty area on one of the final plays of the game. Sevilla goalkeeper Bono was also in the penalty area trying to equalize. Villarreal, eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after a home defeat by Liverpool, had scored the first goal with Giovani Lo Celso in the 86th game. It was the second straight game without a win for Unai Emery's team, who remained in seventh place. "It was an important goal that gives us a point in a difficult field after we didn't play well. We know how important it is to stay in the Champions League. Kounde's goal came from Sevilla's second shot at La Ceramica. It sits in 15th place, five points above the relegation zone. Espanyol drew 1-1 at home with Osasuna on Sunday earlier in a match between sides far from the relegation zone.

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Atletico Madrid scrape past Real Madrid B team with a dubious penalty

Real Madrid have rested some of their best players after already clinching the La Liga Santander title last week. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridAtletico Madrid edged out city rivals Real Madrid on Sunday thanks to a single penalty by Yannick Carrasco. It really should have been a more convincing win considering the newly-crowned La Liga champions Santander fielded their 'B-Team'. Carlo Ancelotti made numerous changes, clearly capitalizing on the fact that the title is already sealed and the side must prepare for the upcoming UEFA Champions League final. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, approached the game very differently. While not in contention for the La Liga crown, they were desperate for points to secure fourth place and that coveted Champions League spot. Atletico Madrid were predictably the more dangerous side from the start, but they struggled to break through until the 40th minute when Matheus Cunha landed easily in the penalty area after a challenge from Jesus Vallejo. Antoine Griezmann and Carrasco both had chances but in the end they settled for the only goal, which was enough to secure a much-needed three points. Carlo Ancelotti clearly wasn't fighting as hard for the win as usual, leaving Benzema on the bench in the closing stages. Atletico were better that night but there is little reason to boast about playing against a second-rate line-up and 17 points adrift of the champions. In the end, the goal is on the Champions League, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla currently occupying the top three spots. Atletico are fourth thanks to the derby win, six points behind Real Betis.

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Atlético beat Real Madrid to boost Champions League hopes

Yannick Carrasco's penalty secured a 1-0 win at the Wanda Stadium against the new La Liga champions, while Milan secured the Serie A title with a 3-1 win in Verona (Author: Gardener)

AtléticoA first-half penalty by Yannick Carrasco gave Atlético Madrid a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in a fiery derby on Sunday as the hosts tightened their grip on a spot in next season's Champions League. Atleetico, welcoming the newly crowned LaLiga champions to the Wanda Metropolitano without the traditional honor guard, pushed up when Angel Correa and Carrasco had two great chances within the opening 10 minutes to open the scoring. The goal revived Carlo Ancelotti's side, although several players were rested after Real won their 35th league title last weekend and some powerful shots threatened Jan Oblak's goal before the break. Diego Simeone's side remain fourth on 64 points, six ahead of Real Betis in fifth place with three games to play. A brace from Sandro Tonali brought Milan one step closer to their first Serie A title in 11 years after they reclaimed the top spot with a 3-1 comeback win at Hellas Verona on Sunday. After Internazionale had taken the top spot with a 4-2 win, the pressure was on Stefano Pioli's side and a win over ninth-placed Verona put them two points clear at the top with two games to go. But Milan refused to give up and just before half-time Rafael Leão – cheered on by a yellow card – danced into the box and cut the ball back for Tonali to score from close range. The pair combined again for a Milan counterattack four minutes after the break, the lightning-fast Leão sprinting past the falling Verona defense before Tonali converted his low cross into an empty goal. A late substitute, Alessandro Florenzi completed all three points as the full-back found space, ran into the box and slammed a smashing half-volley past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.

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After the Derbi defeat, Real Madrid like to rotate with a view to the Champions League final

With another LaLiga title already on the cards, even a local derby wasn't enough to change the focus of Carlo Ancelotti, who was firmly locked in Liverpool. (Author: Gardener)

DerbiIn recent years, the Madrid derby has been the one that can decide the national title. But in the last edition, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti decided that bigger fish had to be fried in the near future, namely Liverpool in the 2022 Champions League final. Los Blancos were beaten 1-0 by Atlético Madrid in Sunday's clash after losing to made seven changes to their incredible midweek European semi-final win over Manchester City. Luka Modric and Vinicius Junior featured in the second half, although Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois watched the defeat from Wanda Metropolitano's touchline. Liverpool's clash, with Madrid battling for the number 14 and the Reds for seventh, will take place in Paris on May 28 and Ancelotti, whose side host Levante on Thursday ahead of games against Cádiz and Real Betis, was asked if he will continue to make changes to his site. Those who played less today are now playing on Thursday,” he told Movistar. “But the team that plays Betis will be more or less the team that will play the final [of the Champions League]. “We still expect to compete, play with high intensity and good rhythm. The rhythm was good in the second half today.” The Real Madrid coach spoke about the defeat, the first in 12 games in 2018 against Atlético. "It was a good, hard-fought game. We played a lot better in the second half and couldn't have asked for more in a game after an exciting week. Atlético's winning goal came from a controversial penalty awarded after VAR intervened but no questions were asked about it. As Ancelotti left the conference after the game, he joked to reporters: "Let's not talk about the penalty."

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Kevin De Bruyne debunks Real Madrid hysteria at Man City

Manchester City were questioned after the Real Madrid defeat before Kevin De Bruyne made sure they reacted in style (Author: Gardener)

Kevin De BruyneKevin De Bruyne didn't have a great game at the Bernabeu. Of course, the fact that he didn't appear on such a big stage encouraged the usual weirdos to quiz De Bruyne when 23 goals from his previous 23 starts show just how important he was in Manchester City's title-winning career. Without him, the title would go to Liverpool. From the first whistle against Newcastle, De Bruyne looked like a man determined to ensure that the poor finishing that ultimately cost City against Real Madrid would not dampen their Premier League hopes. Aymeric Laporte was guilty of darting over from a spot-on corner in the opening minutes and then a beautifully floating ball to the back post landed in the second row rather than the top corner when Joao Cancelo raised his head at the wrong moment. De Bruyne was undeterred, however, and it was his textbook performance that met Gundogan in the volley, which was spilled by the Newcastle keeper to allow Laporte to score the second. He still didn't have an assist but he had almost single-handedly ensured City didn't suffer a hangover from their Champions League exit. City managers would like Jack Grealish to have more greed in the last third and he tends to look for his team-mate and one-time idol whenever De Bruyne is on the pitch. The second half followed in the same vein, with glorious ball after glorious ball opening up the Newcastle defense in a way no one could have predicted. Eventually he also got an assist when Rodri headed in from another corner at the near post. De Bruyne was unknowingly caught up in Wednesday's hysterical reactions, with claims that there are no leaders in the City team and that he should consider a move to rivals Liverpool. Don't expect De Bruyne to miss another minute of the season as there is no final in Paris to save his legs for. Sign up for our city newsletter so you don't miss an update from Etihad Stadium this season.

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No honor guard for Real as Atlético beat La Liga champions

A penalty from Yannick Carrasco in the 40th minute was just enough for Atletico Madrid to beat Real Madrid in La Liga. (Author: Gardener)

La LigaAfter delivering on a promise not to give Real Madrid an honor guard before the game, Atlético Madrid edged the newly crowned Spanish champions 1-0 on Sunday, moving closer to a Champions League spot. Atlético secured victory in the last city derby of the season with a 40th-minute penalty converted by Yannick Carrasco, securing their first win against their rivals since 2018. Atlético were six points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis, the first team outside of the Champions League places three rounds before the end. Betis lost 2-1 at home to second-placed Barcelona on Saturday. Sevilla stayed a point clear of Atlético after salvaging a 1-1 injury-time draw at Villarreal earlier on Sunday. "We still have three games to go, but this was an important step towards achieving our goal," said Atlético coach Diego Simeone. Madrid clinched their record-breaking 35th league title with a 4-0 home win over Espanyol last weekend. But Atlético said ahead of the game that they won't do it so as not to upset their fans at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Madrid were poised for a place in the Champions League final after their epic win over Manchester City. "It was an even game," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. Modric and Vinícius came on as substitutes in the second half. Rodrygo, who scored twice late against Man City on Wednesday to force extra time, started the game. The penalty came after a video review to review a controversial foul by Madrid defender Jesús Vallejo on Atlético striker Matheus Cunha. Atlético had won just one of their last six games in all competitions - 2-1 against Espanyol in the Spanish league two rounds ago. Jules Koundé scored deep into stoppage time as Sevilla walked away with a draw at Villarreal to stay a point clear of Atlético and seven points ahead of Sevilla's city rivals Betis. Koundé found the net five minutes into stoppage time after coming to a free ball in the penalty area on one of the final plays of the game. Sevilla goalkeeper Bono was also in the penalty area trying to equalize. Villarreal, eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after a home defeat by Liverpool, had scored the first goal with Giovani Lo Celso in the 86th game. It was the second straight game without a win for Unai Emery's team, who remained in seventh place. "We suffered a lot," said Koundé. "It was an important goal that gets us a point in a complicated field after we didn't play well. We know how important it is to stay in the Champions League. Koundé's goal came from Sevilla's only second shot on target at La Cerámica. Rayo Vallecano mathematically secured their place in the first division with a 0-0 draw at Getafe. It sits in 15th place, five points above the relegation zone. Espanyol drew 1-1 at home with Osasuna on Sunday earlier in a match between sides far from the relegation zone.

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Camavinga, just 19, keeps coming to the rescue of Real Madrid, just as they expected

Camavinga has been on and off the Real Madrid team since joining but he has been pivotal in those biggest moments and his future is as bright as can be. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe story goes that one day when he was in fifth grade, the house in Fougères near Rennes where Eduardo Camavinga lived with his parents and five siblings burned down and they were left with nothing. Football was his escape, he said, and so was hers. Born in a refugee camp in Miconge, Angola, where the family had fled from the war in Congo before moving to France when he was two, his father Celestino told him he was their hope. He was 11. "I had to flee a war and maybe that helped me: all these problems made me stronger," he said this summer. It's nice to be able to give something back." Camavinga was already the youngest player ever to play for Rennes at 16 years and 4 months and soon became the youngest to represent France since the war. Camavinga had just signed Real Madrid for €30m He came off the bench to save them on Wednesday, two goals behind Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg That wasn't new either and that's what makes it so significant.- Ogden: Meltdown of Man City or Real Madrid rally? - UCL talking points: Liverpool or Real Madrid to win it all? - Ranking Guardiola's most painful UCL exits At the end of another absurd night, Rodrygo insisted: 'God looked at me and said, ' It's your day.'” With 40 seconds remaining in regular time, Real Madrid needed two goals to equalize against Manchester City. "We were dead," said the Brazilian, but then they got back up. He'd hit them both – he might have had a hat-trick in 2:58 and finished it before extra time, but for an excellent save from Ederson. He then delivered the pass from which Madrid got a penalty. Karim Benzema scored but not without offering it to the Brazilian first. At 89:20 on the clock the score was 1-0, 3-5 overall. When the stadium clocks read 94-14 it was 3-1, 6-5 on aggregate, the most unlikely, inexplicable comeback Madrid sent to the final. If this was divine inspiration, and many thought it was, then Rodrygo was the boy called to deliver it, but he did not come alone. And he knew it. Rodrygo left the Bernabeu and drove a few kilometers up the Castellana for dinner. It was 3am when he left, but he still wasn't asleep - how could he? One of them was a clip show of what his teammate Camavinga was doing when he was substituted on. "What a player," he wrote with love emojis alongside. Check it out and there's a lot to like. Better yet, watch the whole thing again and pick your moments. The minute - 81:21 to 82:21 - that includes Camavinga, who delivers the clever pass that Benzema came from behind City, pulled Ederson's first save and he charged back dipping on Bernardo Silva, at the other end and on the other side when it looked like the Portuguese would come behind Madrid. Or the duel that prevented Silva from getting into Madrid's penalty area in the 105th minute. A personal favourite, the flat, right-to-left impaled ball that opened up the entire field in one pass landed squarely on his teammate's foot. Or how about that great cross for Benzema to set Rodrygo up for the first goal? And then there's that run that led to the penalty, from deep in his half, past Rodri, who can't keep up. Moving on to the area where, waiting for the right moment, he slips Rodrygo to play against Benzema, who is defeated by Ruben Dias. But it's not just that and not just what he did that was a lot - four tackles, 26 passes, five duels won - but the diversity of what he did. The willingness, but not the over-willingness to play, to take on responsibility. The energy that Carlo Ancelotti always talks about: "Energia", as he says, not quite right. And all against Manchester City, remember. And it's a damn fine player that runs through his team, absolutely transformative. Not just any team either: Real Madrid. What did his father say? In all three games when Madrid needed to change things, they turned to Camavinga and Rodrygo. The first change came against PSG, Camavinga came on for Toni Kroos when the score was 0-1 after 57 minutes. Benzema scored four minutes later and Madrid won 3-1. With him came Rodrygo. Against Chelsea, Camavinga was also the first substitution to come on again for Kroos. Real Madrid lost 3-2, enough to progress. Rodrygo was the first substitution against City, in the 68th minute again for Kroos at 0-0. Seven minutes later, trailing 1-0, Camavinga and Asensio came on for Modric and Casemiro. Madrid won 3-2. Three knockout games at the Bernabeu against the French, European and English champions. Without Camavinga on the pitch three "defeats" (0:1, 0:2, 0:1), total score 0:4. With Camavinga on the place three "victories" (3:0, 2:1, 3:0), total score 8:1. No, it does not work out this way. And the first legs weren't taken into account - zero minutes in Paris, 16 minutes in London where the team was already 3-1 up, 20 minutes in Manchester where they were 3-2 down in a game they ended up 4-3 lost - but it shouldn't be dismissed either. This is no coincidence. In the 75th minute, everything was gone for Madrid: there was no Kroos, Modric or Casemiro. Madrid's midfield as they pushed the men forward consisted essentially of two men: him and Camavinga. If you count wingers Vinicius and Rodrygo, that makes a four-man midfield. In the end, they were joined by Dani Ceballos, 25, who had replaced Karim Benzema. Jesus Vallejo and Lucas Vazquez also came on as substitutes, and the final line-up was quite unfamiliar, which makes it all the more extraordinary. Asked afterwards if this shows Madrid's future is in good hands or if it is already there, Ancelotti replied: "Yes, but Casemiro, Kroos and Modric played a great game for 70 minutes. We knew we might end up suffering. The future is secured: We have the three who will continue to play, and behind them these young players.” The doubt can be: How long? Should some of these young players be in the lead now? Should they be reduced to replacements later in games? Could they play a more central role? If Camavinga worked so well for Kroos, why not start that way? Is it already time for a generational change, for the old guard to phase out? In short, why didn't the children play more? Those are questions worth asking and the impact Camavinga had in replacing Kroos could make a compelling argument, but there are reasons. Camavinga started with a goal and an assist for his debut but he slipped from the side around Christmas. He started 11 times in LaLiga and Valverde 17 times. But those are decent numbers and in total they have played 49 league games. As Ancelotti often points out, the focus on who starts a game is becoming increasingly misplaced; those who end it are often just as important. Games have their moments, dictated by what comes before them and the condition of the players. Starting a game is not the same as ending it. And when it comes to the simplest thing of all, when it comes to picking a starting XI, the answer to the most fundamental question of all: who are your best midfielders? -- is probably still Casemiro, Kroos, Modric. (Ancelotti has also often been keen to reinforce them with Valverde in a sort of 'jack of all trades' role at their side, something he's sure to repeat in the final.) Kroos and Modric have completed more passes than anyone in the Champions League. while nobody really does what Casemiro does. You don't just change a structure. Transitions are hard to time, the shifts don't always happen when you expect them to, and certainly not easy to enforce. There are hierarchies to respect, a status earned over many years, a trust and belief built over time. A feeling that some players are a guarantee, they know exactly what a moment requires: they've been here before. Physical condition fluctuates; mental state does too. Age defying players (hi, Luka!) and delivering a watertight plea for inclusion just when you think they're about to move on, just when you had planned them to do just that, the replacement is ready to die Succession put on hold. A great player, maybe brought back too soon, but not one you seriously wanted to play in front of Modric or Kroos. The development of the emerging countries is also inconsistent; Progress is not linear. Camavinga is 19, remember. And this is Real Madrid, a place that has eaten up a lot of talent, with a particular pressure on the newcomers. When Ancelotti found out Camavinga was coming to the club – the only new signing alongside Alaba – he was delighted . He had seen him many times, convinced that this boy would be something special. He saw his first touch, the ability to turn and face the game, a clean striker of the ball. At Everton, he was increasingly convinced that energy was becoming more important in football - more so than last time at the Bernabeu - and that this trend was only going to continue. He saw that in Camavinga, a player destined to be the future of Madrid's midfield. - Hunter: How Real Madrid roared to their 35th LaLiga title - Ancelotti makes history by winning all five major European leagues - Watch every LaLiga game live on ESPN+ accessWhen Ancelotti met Camavinga, he also saw the character who Ease with which he dealt with everything that helped. But he also saw some elements that still needed to be learned - how could it not be - and knew there was time, not forced, a process to follow. At least not from him: it's up to the players to play so well that they change plans and oblige the coaches to give them chances. And then try again week after week. When Camavinga scored and assisted on his debut, everyone was ecstatic, but that comes with its own demands, its own risks, its own pressures. In Ancelotti's eyes, players need to be protected, a balance struck between encouragement and exposure. There were moments when Camavinga got cards that could be attributed — cliche alert — to youth enthusiasm, glimpses of things he still had to learn in terms of positioning, knowing when to stay, exactly where he was should be. His early exit from a few games, his subsequent absence from the team, wasn't about finger pointing; it was more about isolating him from others who were doing the same. Also, no player is alone: ​​there are 25 others in the squad and only 11 are on the pitch at the start of each game. Camavinga's lack of continuity at this point was also due to Kroos' return from injury, Modric's form, Valverde's improvement after a difficult start. Mostly about doing what is right for the team. About how he and everyone else did their best to judge when his moment came. On Wednesday night, in the biggest game of the year, the time had come and Camavinga came to enforce it. It wasn't the first time and it won't be the last time, hopes rest on a 19-year-old child.

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No honor guard for Real Madrid as Atlético champions

Atlético secured victory in the final city derby of the season with a 40th-minute penalty converted by Yannick Carrasco in their first win against their rivals since 2018. (Author: Gardener)

AtléticoAfter delivering on a promise not to give Real Madrid an honor guard before the game, Atlético Madrid edged the newly crowned Spanish champions 1-0 on Sunday, moving closer to a Champions League spot. After delivering on a promise not to give Real Madrid an honor guard before the game, Atlético Madrid edged the newly crowned Spanish champions 1-0 on Sunday, moving closer to a Champions League spot. Atlético secured victory in the last city derby of the season with a 40th-minute penalty converted by Yannick Carrasco, securing their first win against their rivals since 2018. Atlético were six points clear of fifth-placed Real Betis, the first team outside of the Champions League places three rounds before the end. Betis lost 2-1 at home to second-placed Barcelona on Saturday. Sevilla stayed a point clear of Atlético after salvaging a 1-1 injury-time draw at Villarreal earlier on Sunday. "We still have three games to go, but this was an important step towards achieving our goal," said Atlético coach Diego Simeone. Madrid clinched their record-breaking 35th league title with a 4-0 home win over Espanyol last weekend. Atletico Madrid's Stefan Savic challenges the ball with Real Madrid's Nacho during a Spanish La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 8, 2022. But Atletico said before the match, that it is so didn't want to do this so as not to upset his fans at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Madrid were poised for a place in the Champions League final after their epic win over Manchester City. "It was an even game," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. Modric and Vinícius came on as substitutes in the second half. Rodrygo, who scored twice late against Man City on Wednesday to force extra time, started the game. The penalty came after a video review to review a controversial foul by Madrid defender Jesús Vallejo on Atlético striker Matheus Cunha. Atlético had won just one of their last six games in all competitions - 2-1 against Espanyol in the Spanish league two rounds ago. Jules Koundé scored deep into stoppage time as Sevilla walked away with a draw at Villarreal to stay a point clear of Atlético and seven points ahead of Sevilla's city rivals Betis. Koundé found the net five minutes into stoppage time after coming to a free ball in the penalty area on one of the final plays of the game. Sevilla goalkeeper Bono was also in the penalty area trying to equalize. Villarreal, eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday after a home defeat by Liverpool, had scored the first goal with Giovani Lo Celso in the 86th game. It was the second straight game without a win for Unai Emery's team, who remained in seventh place. "We suffered a lot," said Koundé. "It was an important goal that gets us a point in a complicated field after we didn't play well. We know how important it is to stay in the Champions League. Koundé's goal came from Sevilla's only second shot on target at La Cerámica. It sits in 15th place, five points above the relegation zone. Espanyol drew 1-1 at home with Osasuna on Sunday earlier in a match between sides far from the relegation zone.

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Far from being a classic, Atleti collect three points against second-best Real Madrid line-up

In a tepid rivalry game at the Wanda Metropolitano, a Yannick Carrasco penalty gave Atletico Madrid three much-needed points as the hosts led a second-placed Real Madrid line-up. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridIn a frustrating Madrid derby for both teams, it's clear which team needed the points in a top four clash and which team had already secured the league title. Carlo Ancelotti rested a number of first-choice players with the La Liga crown already secured and Real Madrid were clearly beaten by a desperate Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Yannick Carrasco's penalty proved the difference in the 1-0 win but he also saw several chances to end the game. In the end, Real Madrid won't care about the result, having already finished La Liga and looking ahead to the Champions League final, while Atletico Madrid don't care how the three points are secured. Diego Simeone desperately needed the win as the club push for a top four finish and clinched the prize. Ancelotti's next task is to get through the coming weeks with as few injuries as possible while making sure his best players don't lose form, which is a difficult balancing act. MORE: Why Atletico Madrid refuse an honor guard for Real Madrid's league title Sporting News will be following the match live with updated scores, commentary and highlights as they take place. It was far from a classic and the goal was in doubt, but Atletico Madrid deserved the win over a stuttering Real Madrid and the hosts see the game. Both teams missed clear chances, but the home side had far more and could have won by a far greater margin on another day. Real Madrid had little to enjoy in the game as the second-choice line-up was well beaten by Atletico Madrid's pressure throughout. In the second half, the hosts held back more, but still created many opportunities on the counterattack. Yannick Carrasco was dangerous throughout the game but left his shooting shoes in the dressing room. Karim Benzema was left on the bench by Ancelotti and it showed. The relegation from Real Madrid's first choice to second choice is quite cavernous. Where will Atletico end up in LaLiga this season? After what felt like an hour of the referee ensuring a free-kick was executed correctly, a solid routine from the visitors saw a deflected shot from a diving Oblak parry just wide. The defender timed his jump wrong and the ball came off his shoulder. You could almost see Benzema finishing but the Frenchman stayed on the bench... Simeone with his classic defensive substitution when Rodrigo de Paul came on for Cunha. 81st minute: Last 10 minutes in which Real Madrid have scored 10 goals in their last six games. He beats the goalkeeper one-on-one, but slams his post shot into the woodwork. It's a terrible miss, Atletico should have about 4 goals today. Diego Simeone is shown pointing to the sky and using the appropriate deity to supplicate for someone in his squad to end a chance. Carrasco on the post, Griezmann just off the mark... will Atlético regret not knocking out this Madrid derby? Things just aren't going well for poor Antoine Griezmann this season. Nice work from Carrasco finds Griezmann with plenty of space at the penalty spot but his unbalanced spin and shot go wide as he falls over. It's a great opportunity, gone begging, and another disappointment for visitors. It's a THUNDER effort from Valverde from an even lower position than before and Jan Oblak makes a wonderful jump save to get his fingertips on the shot. Oblak is once again furious with his defensive teammates who allowed Real Madrid a few more opens this half. Atleti collapses the other end afterwards and Nacho receives a yellow card for hacking Koke on the counterattack. 67 minutes: Vinicius Jr's first action is to charge forward on a counterattack and deliver a fabulous feed to Asensio, but after taking it to his left, Asensio's shot is blocked with a head by Reinildo. Carlo Ancelotti gets a yellow card from afar before Valverde shoots wide from a tight angle. Two more changes at Real Madrid, with Luka Modric replacing Toni Kroos and Eder Militao on for Ferland Mendy, with Nacho stepping into the role of centre-back. It's a small thing, but Vinicius created that with his line break, and we didn't really have that the whole game until he came along. Another good opportunity for Atleti but it's a poor finish for Cunha from a tight angle and Lunin is there to make the stop. Then a yellow card for Savic, who smashes Rodrygo with a hip check and Real Madrid are looking good from a free-kick. Immediately after Real Madrid's miss, Atlético have their own. It's Carrasco again who gets a chance after another Madrid tournament but he shoots it just over the bar. Here come Real Madrid reinforcements as Vinicius Jr. and Federico Valverde come on in favor of Casemiro and Luka Jovic. Ancelotti hugs Casemiro and laughs, probably about Casemiro's last chance in front of the goal. If there's any indication of how little this game means to Real Madrid, it's there. A rare shot from Casemiro finds the safe hands of Jan Oblak. The opportunity came from a swiftly executed free-kick in Madrid's own half, which was carried forward by the Brazilian. 56 minutes: Vrsaljko ran Marcos Llorente down the right touchline but decides to turn the ball and Diego Simone loses his mind. The crowd is also frustrated with Atletico's lack of intensity. The game lost much of the edge it had in the first half and hardly caused Real Madrid any problems. Griezmann wants to change that, but his long-range shot goes well over the bar. 50 minutes: Jovic with a clumsy shot that is blocked by Savic. The shot was somewhat telegraphed and Jovic couldn't create the space he needed. 48th minute: Real Madrid start the second half with the lion's share of early possession, while Atletico sit deep and try to create more chances through Madrid's mistakes. Atletico's pressing isn't nearly as intense as it was in the first half, but it still arrives in moments. 46 minutes: The start of the second half brings a change in personnel, but for the hosts, not the visitors. Antoine Griezmann replaces Angel Correa. Meanwhile, the hosts produced a captivating performance as Atleti pressured Real into several errors and while VAR made a dubious decision, Atletico Madrid are ahead on Carrasco's penalty. It's easy to figure out which team needs this game to save their Champions League hopes and which team has already won the league title. 1 - Atlético de Madrid scored their first penalty goal in LaLiga against Real Madrid since March 2010 (Diego Forlán). We rail against VAR's Premier League display, but there's an example of his poor display in the Madrid derby. 45+2 mins: CHANCE, Real Madrid! 45+2 mins: CHANCE, Real Madrid! 45+2 mins: CHANCE, Real Madrid! 45+2 mins: CHANCE, Real Madrid! Vrsaljko throws a crunching tackle to Rodrygo to disown him but it falls to Luka Jovic in a one-on-one with Jan Oblak. The veteran Atletico goalkeeper saw it coming and snuffed the chance before the shot was executed. 44 minutes: Toni Kroos has Real Madrid's best chance at half-time, a speculative shot from long range that flashes wide and creates a Jan Oblak execution. It's only half a chance and sums up Real Madrid's first half. 40 minutes: Goal! After a long wait, Carrasco shoots the ball into the back net and the hosts are ahead against a second choice from Real Madrid! Vallejo received a yellow card for his tackle on review which will feel hurt as the tackle was shaky but it really didn't seem enough to change the game with a penalty. It's a soft decision but Atletico won't care. Marcos Llorente was also booked for appeal as he argued for the decision before it was sent to VAR. Yannick Carrasco scoops the penalty and Atletico lead Madrid derby 👏 pic.twitter.com/Gn1PuGXOle - ESPN+ (@ESPNPlus) May 8, 2022 Yannick Carrasco gives @atletienglish a 1-0 lead with a penalty at half-time! Yannick Carrasco keeps his cool from the penalty spot to put @atletienglish ahead of @realmadrid! 📺 Second Half NOW on beIN 3 via @Foxtel, @kayosports, Fetch & CONNECT 👉 https://t.co/v9Egp1inUk #LaLIga #ATMRMA #AtleticoMadridRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/9o1kOa0eil — beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_AUS) May 8th 2022, 36 minutes: Penalty, Atlético! Gosh, another giveaway from Madrid in a dangerous position, this time from Asensio and it results in another Atletico breakaway. It's Cunha right in the gut, and he's pinched by Vallejo and Militao. It's a very clumsy challenge from Vallejo but he didn't rattle Cunha enough to miss a penalty. The VAR official is the only referee who hasn't overturned a decision this season, but there's a penalty!!! Upon review, Vallejo Cunha's foot just about cut off on the descent. Marcos Llorente fed Cunha a stunning move with a back heel, but a heroic block from Nacho stopped the wide-open shot. Real Madrid quickly break through through Asensio at the other end, but his outside foot feed is intercepted at the last moment. 28 minutes: And now Lucas Vazquez goes into the book after beating Carrasco on the wing. The Madrid defender was beaten and threw his body into the opponent. "If Real Madrid defend even deeper, they will meet goalkeeper Andriy Lunin's size 10," said the play-by-play commentator of the free-kick that followed. 24 minutes: Atletico stay ahead as Camavinga almost got themselves into trouble with a tense tackle and messy possession before a Carrasco cross went just over Correa's head and wide of the far post. It was a very nervous start for Real Madrid, who were both chaotic on the ball and disorganized. 20 minutes: Luka Jovic, who has barely touched the ball, receives the first booking of the game when he catches Angel Correa in the ankle. 18th minute: Real Madrid took some of the breath out of Atletico's hot start by owning the ball in midfield, but Atletico Madrid's third on the pitch has no challenge. The second choice starting line-up was pretty poor in the opening minutes and was quickly forgotten by the home team. Carrasco sends an Atleti corner out with a bad delivery. Real Madrid are on their heels early on and this time it's Carrasco who misses the target with a good shot on goal. Atletico should lead 2-0, we'll see how much they regret those missed early chances. Madrid quite sluggish early on - two slips give Carrasco a shot, second misses just wide - Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) 8th May 2022 7th minute: Another terrible giveaway from Real Madrid in their own half of defense comes from a poor back pass from Casemiro. but Militao, the only man back, defends superbly and blocks the ensuing shot. 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! 4 minutes: CHANCE, Atlético! Toni Kroos is ambushed by Geoffrey Kondogbia thanks to a telegraphed pass from Camavinga at the head of the box but Angel Correa's slump continues as he misses the excellent opportunity. The angle of the shot was tight but he had enough of the goal to shoot at. 2 minutes: Just 60 seconds into the game and debut goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is already called into action, coming off his line to make an emphatic shot under pressure. It's not fully resolved but the ensuing Atletico shot goes well over the bar as Lunin scrambles to get back into the net. 1st minute: The game in the Spanish capital is on! Critical 90 minutes for Atletico Madrid as Real Madrid hope to retain local bragging rights. 3 minutes to kick: Teams are out of the tunnel and as expected, Real Madrid aren't getting an honor guard from their local rivals. 15 minutes to kick: A late move for Real Madrid brings in Luka Jovic as a striker for Mariano, who was injured while warming up. Karim Benzema stays on the bench. 35 minutes to go: Real Madrid will see 23-year-old Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin in the net for the first time this season. 60 minutes to kick: Barcelona threw some shade yesterday with a post thanking Real Betis for their honor guard last season. Atletico Madrid announced they will not give Real Madrid an honor guard for winning the Spanish league title. 80 minutes until kick-off: Atletico Madrid's line-up has now also been submitted. Shockingly, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez are both on the bench while Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa are at the helm. Geoffrey Kondogbia retains his place in midfield, with Hector Herrera dropped to the bench in favor of a return for Koke. 105 minutes to go: The Real Madrid line-up is already in place and there are a significant number of starters resting with the league title secure. Most notably, Karim Benzema is replaced in attack by Mariano, while Thibaut Courtois is rested in goal with 23-year-old Andriy Lunin in the starting XI. Some other anticipated changes include Eduardo Camavinga as a replacement for Luka Modric and both regular full-backs Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy see the bench in favor of Lucas Vazquez and Jesus Vallejo. 120 minutes to go (19:00 local time): Gabi scored this incredible goal for Atletico Madrid in March 2014 in a 2-2 home draw that started a relatively successful four-year run against local rivals. Atletico Madrid have not beaten Real Madrid in any competition since the 2018 UEFA Super Cup final, nor in the league since 2016. The biggest injury problem for Atletico Madrid is Joao Felix, who has not played since mid-April due to a hamstring injury. The Atleti attack has suffered badly since then, with three anemic appearances in their last four league games. Felix will not play today and is targeting a return in two weeks. Atleti brings defender Stefan Savic back from suspension and he starts at centre-back. Shockingly, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez are both top of the bench, while 22-year-old Mattheus Cunha has been chosen to partner Angel Correa instead. Koke returns to midfield after resting while Hector Herrera sat last time out. Carlo Ancelotti has rotated the squad for Real Madrid, who have already won the league title. Most notably, Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois both start on the bench, with Andriy Lunin in goal and Mariano up front. In defence, David Alaba is unavailable through injury, while Eder Militao joins Nacho Fernandez at centre-back. On the edge of the back row are Jesus Vallejo and Lucas Vazquez while both Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal are rested. Toni Kroos gets the start in midfield but Luka Modric is rested as the in-form Eduardo Camavinga stepped in. Vinicius Jr sees the bench in favor of Champions League hero Rodrygo, while Marco Asensio, who scored in the second leg of that rivalry, was in the starting XI and is on the opposite wing. MORE: Which teams are in the 2022-23 Champions League? The Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid derby is available exclusively on ESPN+ in the US. Champions League finalists and confirmed La Liga champions Real Madrid, who won the second leg 2-0 and 4-0 last weekend with Casemiro at centre-back, are sort of +255 underdogs against an Atletico Madrid side that only have one of which has won their last four league games, scoring two goals. The only reason I can think of not betting on Real Madrid would be that after winning the league title and beating Barcelona at the Bernabeu in late March – mind you the club's only lost points in their last 10 league games – maybe Madrid are resting players in the league game and the squad could look ahead. Nevertheless, Joao Felix has not played for Atleti since mid-April due to injury, the attack has suffered greatly. Additionally, Angel Correa is in a brutal slump, with just 0.67 goals expected (xG) in his last eight league games, along with just 0.52 assists expected (xA) over the same period. Antoine Griezmann is going through a similar dry spell, having not scored a goal since November. The value here is too good to pass up, even in a game with a second-choice Real Madrid line-up. Tip: Real Madrid to keep a clean sheet (+425 at DraftKings)

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Carlos Alcaraz channels Real Madrid spirit to defeat Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open epic

Carlos Alcaraz's affection for Real Madrid is such that even the Spanish teenage sensation's tennis matches mirror those of his beloved football club. (Author: Gardener)

Carlos AlcarazCarlos Alcaraz celebrates a point against Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open semifinal match. Carlos Alcaraz's affection for Real Madrid is such that even the Spanish teenage sensation's tennis matches mirror those of his beloved football club. Just 24 hours after beating compatriot Rafael Nadal, the 19-year-old fought back in a sensational three-and-a-half-hour classic on Saturday to beat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and reach the Madrid Open final. Encouraged by an enthusiastic home crowd at Manolo Santana Stadium, Alcaraz became the first player in history to defeat Nadal and Djokovic back-to-back with a 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(5) victory over the Serb . Replays on clay. Alcaraz, who only turned 19 on Thursday, won the match from the start against the 20-time Grand Slam winner. A spectacular series of drop shots helped the world No. 9 win the second set after agonizingly losing the first in the tie-break. And just as Real Madrid did in spectacular fashion against Manchester City in last week's Champions League, the Spaniard made a stunning comeback, this time triumphing in the tie-break to unleash chaos in the stands. Alcaraz then wrote "Un partido en Madrid es molto longo" ("A game in Madrid is a long time") on a nearby TV camera, citing a comment made by Real Madrid legend Juanito in 1986, which has since become the Comebacks have become synonymous with the club's frequent appearances. With a playing time of three hours and 35 minutes, it was the perfect conclusion for Alcaraz, who will become the youngest-ever finalist at the Madrid Open when he takes on German Alexander Zverev on Sunday. Alcaraz' run in Madrid continues an incredible season for the teenager after becoming the youngest Miami Open winner in April, but the youngster remains firmly grounded. "I won't reveal that," Alcaraz replied when asked who the best player in the world was at the moment. "We're going to have a great time enjoying the moment, but tomorrow I'm going to play a final of a really big tournament... Alcaraz had received glowing praise from Nadal after his win in Miami, who had predicted it would be the 'first of many' for his compatriot, and Djokovic shared Nadal's sense of defeat Alcaraz and Djokovic embrace at the end of the game.

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