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CL preview: Atletico's six-game unbeaten run against Real Madrid

Madrid: The champions of Spain and Europe go head-to-head for the seventh time this season when Atletico Madrid host city rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday.

Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone and  Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti
Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone and Real Madrid Carlo Ancelotti

Here, AFP sports looks at how Atletico have turned the tide in the Spanish capital with a six-game unbeaten run in the Madrid derby since losing the Champions League final to Real last May. Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1, Spanish Supercup, August 19, 2014 In their first competitive game since the Champions League final in Lisbon, a much less intense encounter also ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.

James Rodriguez continued his World Cup form by opening the scoring for Real with his first goal for the club, but Raul Garcia's late equaliser handed Atletico a vital away goal. Atletico Madrid 1 Real Madrid 0, Spanish Supercup, August 22, 2014 Atletico pressed home that advantage inside two minutes of the return leg when Mario Mandzukic volleyed home Antoine Griezmann's flick-on to claim the first silverware of the season.

Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 2, La Liga, September 13, 2014 Atletico inflicted Real's third defeat in four games with victory at the Bernabeu. Tiago's early header gave the visitors the lead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot. However, Diego Simeone's substitutes changed the game after the break and Arda Turan swept home the winner 14 minutes from time.

Atletico Madrid 2 Real Madrid 0, Copa del Rey, January 7, 2015 Despite Simeone making a host of changes, Atletico still had too much for the European champions in the first leg of this Copa del Rey last 16 tie thanks to Garcia's penalty and a thumping header from Jose Maria Gimenez.

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 2, Copa del Rey, January 15, 2015 Fernando Torres scored his first two goals since returning to his boyhood club in the first minute of each half to secure Atletico's passage into the last eight despite Real replies through Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo.

Atletico Madrid 4 Real Madrid 0, La Liga, February 7, 2015 The greatest humiliation of all was to come for Real at the Vicente Calderon in February as they were outfought and outclassed as Atletico sealed their first league double in the Madrid derby since 1951. Tiago and a stunning overhead kick from Saul Niguez gave the hosts a comfortable half-time advantage before Griezmann and Mandzukic sealed the rout after the break.

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