MADRIDI: In a thrilling derby match, Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid to improve to six wins in a row to begin their La Liga championship defence.
Real's first goal came from Rodrygo's half-volley of Aurelien Tchouameni's daringly scooped pass over the top.
When Vinicius Jr.'s shot hit the post, and Federico Valverde scored on the rebound, they increased their lead by two goals.
After giving Atletico hope with a goal, Mario Hermoso ultimately ended it with a late red card.
With seven minutes remaining, the substitute, who was making his first start of the season for Atletico, scored with his shoulder after Thibaut Courtois had mishandled a corner from Antoine Griezmann.
However, as they awaited a Griezmann corner, Hermoso was given a yellow card for pushing Dani Carvajal and another two minutes later for pushing Dani Ceballos.
The match was overshadowed, nevertheless, by what appeared to be racist chanting directed towards Real's Brazilian forward Vinicius outside the stadium before the game. This was in response to criticism of his dancing goal celebrations and a discussion about whether that criticism was racist.
After a Real goal, several supporters reportedly tossed objects at Vinicius and sang further songs about him as the game came to a close.
Real Madrid have won each of their last six matches, moving them two points ahead of Barcelona in the standings. Atletico is ranked seventh.