In Spain, there’s a saying that second parts are never as good, suggesting that sequels often fail to live up to the original. However, the second episode of the Madrid Trilogy, a series of three derbies in three weeks and three different competitions, proved to be an exception. Much like The Godfather Part II, the latest installment was even more captivating than the first, defying expectations.
Six days after their previous encounter, which witnessed eight goals and Real Madrid emerging victorious at 5-3, the two fierce rivals clashed again in the rainy city they call home.
This time, Atlético Madrid sought revenge, taking the lead twice through goals from Samu Lino and Antoine Griezmann. However, Real Madrid, a resilient adversary, responded both times with a Jan Oblak own goal and a Joselu diving header.
The match once again extended into extra time, marking the eighth such occasion in the Diego Simeone era.
In the 100th minute, Griezmann delivered a spectacular goal, dashing past Vinícius and smashing the ball past Andriy Lunin, securing a 3-2 lead for Atlético.
The tension remained palpable, with both teams refusing to yield. In the final moments, Rodrigo Riquelme sealed Atlético’s victory with a curling shot, prompting a jubilant Diego Simeone to sprint down the touchline in celebration.
This intense and dramatic clash had the feel of an exorcism, transcending into a classic encounter befitting of a historic rivalry. While it may not have matched the entertainment value of the Super Cup, this match was more edgy, real, and ultimately more meaningful.
Played in front of 70,000 fans, the atmosphere was charged with tension, drama, and an abundance of talent on display.
Noteworthy performances included Jude Bellingham’s exceptional display, nearly opening the scoring with a brilliant effort in the 10th minute.
Atlético’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak also made a crucial double save, showcasing the stakes involved. The match was marked by its edge, realism, and significance, making it a fitting addition to the storied history of this intense rivalry.