Madrid, Jan 21: Real Madrid ended Sunday 10 points clear at the top of the local league table following a 2-0 away win against cross-town rivals Atletico, thanks to a goal by captain Raul Gonzalez and a follow-up Ruud van Nistelrooy goal before halftime.
Raul was at his best in the game, always finding ways to pressure Atletico. His goal came after Atletico's goalkeeper, Pablo, failed to clear a shot from Real's Brazilian forward Robinho. Atletico, which has gone 10 games without a victory and is now in the relegation zone, took 15 minutes to recover from the shock.Thiago Motta and Aguero teamed up in the attack and Atletico, playing in red and white, began to test Real's Iker Casillas.
Motta and Raul Garcia both had good scoring opportunities, but the ball bounced off Real's goalposts each time.
Atletico defenders proved to be no match for its attackers, and when a clearance reached Van Nistelrooy in the 42nd minute, he was unmarked and did not waste his chance.