- Real beat Atletico 3-1
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- Real leapfrog Atletico in La Liga table
(CNN)Gareth Bale chose the perfect time to rack up up his 100th goal for Real Madrid as the European champions defeated city rivals Atletico Saturday.
The Welshman, a second half substitute, rounded off a 3-1 victory for Real by slotting beyond Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal from the angle.
Casiemero had opened the scoring for Real Madrid early on with a spectacular scissors-kick.
But Atletico drew level midway through the first half thanks to a slick finish from star striker Antoine Griezmann.
Jose Giminez was judged to have brought down Vinicius Junior in the area just before half time -- a decision confirmed by the video assistant referee (VAR) -- allowing Sergio Ramos to restore Real's advantage.
And after Bale struck the decisive blow, Atletico's misery was completed late in the second period when midfielder Thomas Partey was sent off for a second bookable offense.
The win is Real's fifth in a row over city rivals Atletico.
But Diego Simeone's had their chances Saturday even if Real was well worthy of the victory.