Racist chants at Vinicius Junior from a large group of Atleti fans outside Civitas Metropolitano marred Monday’s (AEST) fixture before kick-off, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side produced the perfect on-pitch rebuttal.
Rodrigo continued his fine form with a superb pass from Aurelien Chuameni before Federico Valverde doubled Madrid’s lead.
An improved performance from Atleti in the second half saw substitute Mario Hermosa score in the 83rd minute which was then disallowed as Madrid held on to make it nine wins from nine in all competitions this season .
Atleti defender Felipe’s first chance came in the sixth minute when Rodrigo de Paul headed home a free-kick.
Yannick Carrasco scored the winning goal in the last meeting between the great rivals and fired wide at the culmination of a remarkable run – Joao Felix saw the shot blocked from the resulting corner.
However, Madrid struck with their first shot in the 18th minute, Rodrigo’s superb one-two with Chuameni, whose sublime, high cross eluded Felipe.
Antoine Griezmann made a fine save from Thibaut Courtois as Atleti looked to equalise, but Madrid were in complete control as Valverde produced a superb effort from a difficult angle after Vinicius had hit the post.
Despite Courtois saving Carrasco before the break, Madrid kept Atleti at arm’s length after the restart and Simeone turned to Mateus Cunha and Alvaro Marata around the hour mark.
However, it was the defender who came out to set up the grand finale – Courtois flicked in a corner and Hermaso cleared the ball off his shoulder.
However, Atleti’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Hermasa was harshly booked for a second booking for pushing Dani Ceballos in a corner, two minutes after being booked for dissent.