Real Madrid march on as Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo

Federico Valverde’s first-half goal proved the derby decider after Real Madrid sealed a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.

The visitors got going after Aurelien Tchouameni sent a perfect pass over a wall of red and white shirts to find an oncoming Rodrygo who fired a missile into the ceiling of the net.

Vinicius Jr nearly doubled his advantage with a shot down the left but watched his shot bounce off the near post – but Valverde was there to pounce on the rebound and put the defending La Liga champions two clear in the lead send second half.

Atletico failed to capitalize on several early set pieces after the restart and multiple substitutions by Diego Simeone in the second half failed to spark a shift in momentum.

But a late corner rebounded Mario Hermoso’s ball and in the 83rd minute the lucky break ultimately denied Real Madrid a goal but not the win. Hermoso was of no help after being sent off in added time.

Vinicius had opened up about the recent racist attacks ahead of the game and promised to continue his celebration dances undeterred, joining Rodrygo to show his moves after the opener as promised.

Both sides were eventually reduced to 10 men in Getafe’s 2-0 win in Osasuna.

The hosts were a man down late in the first half after Chimy Avila was sent off following a VAR review of his clash with Juan Iglesias, who had scored the opener in the 30th minute.

Gaston Alvarez added the Azulones’ second spot in the 76th minute before they too were reduced to 10 men when Luis Milla was shown red in injury time.

Elsewhere, Real Betis and Real Sociedad each secured three points with 2-1 victories over Girona and Espanyol respectively at home, while Sevilla drew 1-1 with Villarreal.

In France, Lionel Messi has surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo’s 671 goals without penalties. His goal in the fifth minute was enough to win Ligue 1 leaders PSG for the fourth straight month in Lyon.

Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off in the first minute of Nice’s 1-0 defeat by Angers, Nabil Bentaleb making the difference in a game that also saw Sofiane Boufal red in the second half.

Second-placed Marseille were only able to draw 1-1 with Rennes, Matteo Guendouzi scoring for both teams while Nantes and Lens ended goalless.

Bradley Locko was sent off in the 22nd minute of the Reims-Monaco clash, the red card proving costly as the visitors won 3-0.

Ajaccio defeated Brest 1-0 while Troyes took three points from home team Clermont in a 3-1 win.

Napoli narrowly won 2-1 with Milan and remain leaders in Serie A.

All three goals came in the second half of the hard-fought game when Matteo Politano converted a penalty to put the visitors ahead in the 55th minute.

Olivier Giroud responded 14 minutes later for Milan before Giovanni Simeone nodded the winner and handed the defending champions their first defeat of the season.

Atalanta kept pace with the leaders after Giorgio Scalvini’s first-half strike was enough to defeat Roma 1-0.

Atalanta narrowly beat Roma (Andrew Medichini/AP)

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However, the game was largely marked by drama on the sidelines, with Roma boss Jose Mourinho being sent off after a dispute with the referee over what he believed to be a second-half penalty.

Udinese stayed in third place with a 3-1 win over Inter, who opened the scoring after five minutes through Nicolo Barella but equalized with a Milan Skriniar own goal before Jaka Bijol and Tolgay Arslan decided the game.

Christian Gytkjaer lifted Monza to a 1-0 win over Juventus, reduced to 10 men after Angel Di Maria was sent off late in the first half.

Lazio sealed a dominant 4-0 win at Cremonese, while Fiorentina beat Verona 2-0.

Jordan Siebatcheu and Sheraldo Becker brought surprise leaders Union Berlin to a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

Cologne drew 1-1 at VfL Bochum, while Hoffenheim drew 0-0 against Freiburg.

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