BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid's record-setting 1-0 win over Real Madrid brought an emphatic end to its crosstown rival's 14-year unbeaten league run in their Spanish capital derby on Saturday.
On-form Diego Costa struck in the 11th minute and not even Gareth Bale in his home debut for Madrid could help it rally.
Atletico's big win came after Lionel Messi scored before being substituted due to injury to help Barcelona win 2-0 at Almeria.
Barcelona and Atletico set club records by staying perfect through seven rounds to start the season, opening up a five-point gap over Madrid.
Messi and Diego Costa have guided their teams to their milestones and lead the league with eight goals each.
"We are having a great year and we have to keep it going," said Atletico's Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, who set up Diego Costa's goal. "Diego Costa is in a spectacular moment. He has helped us a lot."
Bale, Madrid's 100-million-euro man, went on at the start of the second half, finally playing in front of his new home fans after straining his left thigh while warming up before last weekend's match.
Yet neither the Wales winger in 45 minutes nor Cristiano Ronaldo in 90 were able to target Atletico's goal.
"Atletico was more aggressive and ran more. It wasn't our day," said Ronaldo. "We have to understand that we need to improve. I played poorly and many of my teammates did so as well. Our coach had nothing to do with it. It's our fault."
Atletico's last league win against Madrid had come in 1999, and since then it had gone 23 games without a victory.
But Atletico's victory over Madrid in the same Santiago Bernabeu Stadium last May to claim the Copa del Rey had apparently given it the boost in confidence it needed to break its horrendous streak.
While Atletico squeaked out that cup win in extra time, Diego Simeone's side simply outplayed Madrid on Saturday, creating many more shots and deploying a swarming defense that kept Madrid in check until the final minutes.
Simeone pumped both fists on the final whistle as he left the dugout, deservedly satisfied with his team's effort.
"We can play better or worse, but our commitment to working hard is nonnegotiable," said Simeone. "The team is above everything else. The economic power of Barcelona and Madrid is superior to ours. We give it our all in each game."
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