Cristiano Ronaldo emerged victorious from his head-to-head with Radamel Falcao as Real Madrid triumphed over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital derby on Saturday evening.

Ronaldo, fresh from being named on the final three shortlist for the 2012 Ballon d'Or, opened the scoring for Real Madrid inside the first 15 minutes with a trademark free-kick - his 20th goal of the season.

At the opposite end, however, Radamel Falcao cut an isolated figure for Atletico, and struggled to test Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas in what was a relatively scrappy encounter.

Mesut Ozil, assisted by Ronaldo, doubled the scoring for Real Madrid on 65 minutes to make sure of the three points, but Jose Mourinho's side still rank behind their Madrid rivals in La Liga.

Atletico are five points ahead of Real Madrid, while the reigning champions are 11 points behind leaders Barcelona, who have made the best start ever seen in the Spanish top-flight.

Barcelona have won 13 and drawn one of their 14 fixtures so far this season, and beat Athletic Bilbao 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday to reinforce their supremacy.

Lionel Messi netted another brace in the thrashing of Athletic, and is now just one goal away from equalling Gerd Muller's record haul of 85 strikes in a calendar year.

Watch Ronaldo's goal below...




 

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