Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid finally put their derby ghosts to bed whey they thrashed city rivals Atletico 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.
The European champions had failed to beat Atletico in the league since April 27, 2013, but Cristiano Ronaldo and company halted that poor record in style.
Ronaldo produced his best performance of the season and was rewarded with a hat-trick of goals for his efforts to seal a comprehensive victory over Diego Simeone’s side.
It took Ronaldo’s his tally to eight La Liga goals this term and the win extended Real’s lead at the top of the table to four points over second-placed Barcelona, who were held to a goalless draw by Malaga.
It was also Ronaldo’s his 39th career hat-trick and as a result the 31-year-old Portugal forward’s Madrid derby tally reached a record 18 goals, one clear of the previous mark set by the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano.
It was the final Madrid derby to take place at the Vicente Calderon before the ground is demolished and sold off for housing.
The club’s new home from next season onwards will be the Estadio La Peineta, also known as the Estadio Olimpico de Madrid.
Dortmund hand Bayern first defeat
Borussia Dortmund also enjoyed a long-awaited victory in the Bundesliga.
They beat Bayern Munich in a home league game for the first time since April 2012.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang latched on to Mario Gotze’s low cross to steer it past Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer and score what turned out to the winner on 11 minutes.
Bayern’s Frank Ribery backheeled the ball into the net in the second half but it was flagged for offside while Robert Lewandowski and Xabi Alonso also came close, but close wasn’t good enough as Carlo Ancelotti’s men suffered a first domestic defeat of the campaign.
The defeat has left champions Bayern three points behind surprise Bundesliga pace setters Leipzig. Dortmund move up to third.
The French-born Gabon International Aubameyang is experiencing a rich vein of form in front of goal and has now netted 12 league goals so far this term and is the joint top-scorer of the Bundesliga with FC Cologne’s Anthony Modeste.
Contrary to Aubameyang Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller is experiencing somewhat of frustrating goal drought.
The Germany international, who hit 20 league goals last season, has yet to score in this domestic campaign after 11 matches.
The Great Yellow Wall during Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich yesterday 👏🏻 (
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