Alvaro Morata double earns Atletico Madrid derby win over Real Madrid


Alvaro Morata scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended Real Madrid’s perfect start to the La Liga season with a convincing victory.

They took the lead after only four minutes when former Real Madrid forward Morata converted Samuel Lino’s dangerous cross.

Antoine Griezmann then added another header to make it 2-0, before Toni Kroos’ superb low strike cut the lead in half.

But Morata clinched Atletico’s triumph after the break when he rose highest to meet Saul Niguez’s cross.

After surrendering points for the first time this season, Atletico moved up to fifth in the table, while Real dropped to third, behind leaders Barcelona and Girona.

Before this match, Atletico had only won one of their previous 14 La Liga Madrid derbies, but they startled their bitter rivals with two goals in the first 18 minutes and then defended resolutely thereafter.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham, who has been in fantastic form since joining Real Madrid in the summer, cut a dissatisfied figure throughout, culminating in a yellow card in stoppage time for a bad challenge on Angel Correa.

The 20-year-old scored six goals in his first six outings for Real Madrid in all competitions, but this result marks his first defeat as a Real Madrid player.

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