Atletico’s Alvaro Morata Reaches New Goalscoring Milestone After His Brace vs. Real Madrid

Atletico’s Alvaro Morata Reaches New Goalscoring Milestone After His Brace vs. Real Madrid

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at September 25, 2023 at 12:19 PM
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  • Alvaro Morata played a key role in the Madrid derby
  • He bagged a brace to help Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid 3-1
  • The 30-year-old striker has now scored five goals against his former team

Atletico Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata was on top form on Sunday night as they outclassed Real Madrid to win 3-1 at home.

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Juventus striker scored a double to seal the three points for the hosts and reach a new milestone in the process.

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Alvaro Morata won two Champions League titles with Real Madrid. Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno.
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The 30-year-old gave Diego Simeone's side the lead inside three minutes by converting Samuel Lino's inch-perfect cross. The goal stunned Madrid, who were looking for their sixth straight win in the league this season.

Antoine Griezmann doubled Atletico's lead in the 17th minute, heading in Saul Niguez's delivery from the left-hand side.

Carlo Ancelotti's team pulled one back through Toni Kroos, who unleashed an unstoppable strike to the bottom left corner in the 35th minute. Madrid then scored again, but their equalizer was ruled out.

Morata sealed the three points just after halftime. Niguez supplied the assist again with a superb cross, which was comfortably turned in by Morata, per 90min.

Atletico are now fifth on the table with 10 points from five games, while Real Madrid are third with 15 points.

Morata haunts former club

The brace from Morata means he has now scored five goals against Real Madrid in nine appearances. However, he has won just twice against his former club and lost five times. He has only scored more goals against Sevilla (6), per Transfermarkt. He has now scored five La Liga goals this season.

Morata is in his second spell at Atletico after he previously left to join Italian giants Juventus.

In the 2022/23 season, Morata scored 13 La Liga goals in 36 appearances, but he's made a terrific start so far this season. The most league goals he has scored in a league season is 15 in the 2016/17 season for Real Madrid.

Morata has now scored 200 goals in his career. 42 of those have been in Atletico colours.

Morata's message to Mourinho

Sports Brief earlier reported on Morata sending a heartfelt message to AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho.

The 30-year-old Spaniard was Roma's biggest target this summer, but it seems a deal between the two clubs did not materialize.

“He’s a great coach, he was the one who gave me the opportunity to play my first professional match. I’m very grateful to him and I wish him the best.”

Mourinho, the then Real Madrid manager, gave Morata his debut when he was 18 years old in December 2010.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.