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Real Madrid lead! Casemiro heads in from a Toni Kroos corner, for just the third LaLiga Santander goal that Atletico Madrid have conceded all season. The home side are in front.

Some neat build-up play from Real Madrid ended with a shot from Karim Benzema and the Frenchman’s effort hit the post after a fingertip save from Oblak. He really is an octopus. What a ‘keeper!

After a great performance in midweek, Luka Modric got the first shot of the match tonight. It was a long-range strike that was always going wide and Jan Oblak, the expert that he is, knew to leave it and to take the goal kick.

Real Madrid have published their starting lineup for the upcoming Madrid Derby against Atletico de Madrid.

Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, Lucas Vazquez, Benzema.

Atletico de Madrid starting XI: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Koke, Herrera, Llorente, Carrasco; João Félix, Luis Suárez.

Real Madrid face this game with the need of cutting Atletico’s current six-point lead, given that Simeone’s players also have a game at hand. Carvajal returns to the lineup, which moves Lucas Vazquez back to the right wing on offense.

There’s still a lot of football to be played but the Madrid derby at the Alfredo Di Stefano this evening could be crucial in determining the destination of this season’s league title.

Atletico Madrid, top of the table, visit Real Madrid six points ahead and with a game in hand. Victory for Los Rojiblancos could see them consolidate their position and underline their status as, however much they may dispute it, favourites to win the title.

For Los Blancos, this is their third final in the space of a week. They’ve won the first two, against Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach, and will be hoping that their good form continues when they lock horns with their city rivals.

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