Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in a thrilling derby to go to six victories in a row to begin their La Liga championship defense.
Real’s first goal came via Rodrygo’s half-volley of Aurelien Tchouameni’s daringly scooped pass over the top.
When Vinicius Jr.’s shot struck the post, and Federico Valverde scored on the rebound, they increased their advantage by two goals.
After giving Atletico hope with a goal, Mario Hermoso ultimately ended it with a late red card.
With seven minutes remaining, the replacement, who was making his first start of the season for Atletico, scored with his shoulder after Thibaut Courtois had mishandled a corner from Antoine Griezmann.
However, while they awaited a Griezmann corner, Hermoso was given a yellow card for pushing Dani Carvajal and another two minutes later for moving Dani Ceballos.
The match was overshadowed, nevertheless, by what looked to be racist chanting directed towards Real’s Brazilian striker Vinicius outside the stadium before the game.
This was in response to criticism of his dancing goal celebrations and a discussion about whether that criticism was racist.
After a Real goal, several supporters allegedly tossed items toward Vinicius and sang other songs about him as the game came to a close.
Real Madrid has won their last six matches, moving them two points ahead of Barcelona in the standings. Atletico is ranked eighth.
The last time Real won their first six games was in 1987–88.