Real Madrid marked off their territory, with an impressive display at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as they saw off City rivals Atletico Madrid.
Gareth Bale took his goal tally for the Los Blancos to a 100, while Thibaut Courtois received a rather hurtful welcoming to one of his former clubs, as Atletico Madrid faithfuls fumed in anger over the Belgium returning in a rival jersey.
Casemiro opened the scoring, with a spectacular strike worthy of a Madrid Derby, in the 16th minute of the game to give Real Madrid the lead.
However, Antonio Griezman got the hosts back on level terms nine minutes later, but couldn’t hold on long enough until the interval, as Sergio Ramos dispatched a penalty three minutes from half time. Thanks to a little help from the VAR.
Atletico Madrid got daring close to equalizing, but Alavro Morata’s 54th minute effort was judged to be marginally offside.
It went from bad to worse for Atletico Madrid, as Thomas Partey was sent off late in the match. But not before substitute Gareth Bale marked his 100th goal for the club in the 74th minute, six minutes before their opponents were reduced to ten men.
It mattered little, as Real Madrid always looked in control, with the Los Blancos continuing to show steady improvement under Santiago Solaris and Atletico probably just another victim of a rather impressive Real Madrid side.