By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 16:52 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 18:56 GMT, 1 February 2020
Karim Benzema won the derby for Real Madrid with a second-half goal to leave Zinedine Zidane's team 13 points clear of their city rivals in the La Liga table.
Diego Simeone came into the game under pressure but his team responded to the dire situation with an impressive first half. Madrid had the strength in depth however and with Vinicius Junior coming off the bench at half time to help set up the winner the home side's run of unbeaten games stretched to 21.
Madrid are starting to look like Champions elect. There is a long way to go but this pushed their neighbours Atletico definitively out of the race to stop them.
Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga after a Karim Benzema strike was enough to defeat rivals Atletico Madrid
Benzema slotted home in the second half after Vinicius Junior and Ferland Mendy combined to unlock the Atletico defence
Benzema's team-mates congratulate the Frenchman as Real Madrid edged their rivals at the Santiago Bernebeu on Saturday
Benzema raises his fist to the air after he opens the scoring for Real Madrid in the La Liga contest on Saturday afternoon
Real Madrid (4-3-2-1): Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos (Junior Vinicius 46), Casemiro; Isco (Lucas 46), Modric; Benzema
Subs not used: Areola, Jovic, Marcelo, Militao, Rodriguez
Booked: Mendy, Casemiro
Goals: Benzema (56)
Manager: Zinedine Zidane
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Vrsalijko, Savic, Felipe, Renan Lodi; Correa, Llorente, Thomas (Camello 74), Saul; Vitolo (Carrasco 71), Morata (Lemar 50)
Subs not used: Adan, Hermoso, Moya, Saponjic
Booked: Simeone, Felipe, Vrsalijko
Manager: Diego Simeone
Referee: Javier Fernandez
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
Sergio Ramos had the first chance of the game on seven minutes but shot over. The defender, playing his 42nd Madrid derby, found himself in centre-forward territory for the chance – Madrid were playing almost without a No 9 at times.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Benzema was the nominal nine but he was drifting in and out of the position – the idea being that Madrid's line of five central midfielders could also get into the area. It worked well at first and Fede Valverde, playing wide right, found some joy running in behind Renan Lodi but