Memorable Ronaldo performance and hat-trick decide derby outcome
Possession became even until Atletico conceded a free-kick and Ronaldo converted it in spectacular fashion (24'). Real became calmer and Atletico continued to pressurise in search of an equaliser.
The Whites used the space the locals left in their half of the pitch to look for more strikes and Benzema missed a header by inches (32'). Courtois conceded a corner kick five minutes later from a Ronaldo shot in the area just before half-time.
Ozil came on for Kaka in the second half and the Madridistas set their own pace to the match but weren't able to seal it. They eventually paid for this with a Falcao header (55') that only spurred them to put a siege on Courtois' goal while the locals tried to pull off counterattacks.
Cristiano Ronaldo pulled rank again and tallied another strike from a powerful shot from outside the box that silenced the stands (68'). This hit Atletico hard and they hardly created danger from then on, but Real did not trust them and continued their search for more goals and found a third through a penalty on Higuain that was converted by Ronaldo. Callejon replaced Di Maria on the 83-minute mark and netted a fourth for his side by finishing off a Ronaldo counterattack.