Real Madrid were handed their worst defeat in years, losing 7-3 to Atletico Madrid at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Friday, July 26. The two La Liga rivals clashed in the International Champions and though the tournament was a pre-season match meant to gauge their teams strength; it didn’t make it any less of a hot derby.
Diego Costa hit four goals past Zinedine Zidane’s men, seriously bruising the Frenchman’s ego as Atleti manhandled
Los Blancos before getting sent off after seeing red.
There is really no such thing as a friendly whenever these two clubs meet and the pre-season derby was as fiery as they got as Costa put in his first goal after just 44 seconds. The former Chelsea man got the best of Thibaut Courtois after his shot was helped by a deflection off Sergio Ramos.
Atletico’s latest acquisition Joao Felix plagued Los Blancos throughout the encounter as the Portuguese greatly impressed the Rojiblancos fans, doubling the lead after eight minutes.
Angel Correa and Costa added Atleti’s third and fourth, with. Costa scoring his third from the penalty spot. Jao Felix also provided Costa with a sublime assist to score his fourth goal, proving to fans he was the right man to replace former talisman Antoine Griezmann, who is now in Barcelona.
Nacho pulled one back for Real Madrid from an Eden Hazard’s assist just before Costa got sent off in the 65th minute. The drama arose when Dani Carvajal lunged recklessly at Thomas Lemar and Costa violently reacted confronting the
The result was a huge 22-man scuffle and the eventual sending off of both Carvajal and Costa. Vitolo then scored then seventh goal for Atletico before Karim Benzema added once for Real Madrid from the penalty spot. Javi Hernandez headed home Los Blancos’ third goal before the referee blew the final whistle and ended Zidane’s nightmare in the Big Apple.