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BARCELONA, Spain -- Atletico Madrids record-setting 1-0 win over Real Madrid brought an emphatic end to its crosstown rivals 14-year unbeaten league run in their Spanish capital derby on Saturday. Takkarist McKinley Youth Jersey . On-form Diego Costa struck in the 11th minute and not even Gareth Bale in his home debut for Madrid could help it rally. Atleticos 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 Atleticos Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, who set up Diego Costas goal. "Diego Costa is in a spectacular moment. He has helped us a lot." Bale, Madrids 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 weekends match. Yet neither the Wales winger in 45 minutes nor Cristiano Ronaldo in 90 were able to target Atleticos goal. "Atletico was more aggressive and ran more. It wasnt 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. Its our fault." Atleticos last league win against Madrid had come in 1999, and since then it had gone 23 games without a victory. But Atleticos 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 Simeones side simply outplayed Madrid on Saturday, creating many more shots and deploying a swarming defence 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 teams 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." Diego Costa, who also scored in last seasons cup final, took the games sole goal when Filipe Luis stole the ball from Madrids Angel Di Maria and Koke placed a throughball for his goalscorer to coolly fire it in. As the Brazilian forward soaked up the dismay of Madrids supporters, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti turned away and slapped his leg in frustration. "We are not playing well. We have to solve this by having a better attitude, staying concentrated, and playing with more speed and pace," said Ancelotti. "Its true that five points behind Barcelona and Atletico isnt a little amount. But thats not the problem." Messi netted his goal in the 21st with a left-footed shot after combining with Pedro Rodriguez, but he asked to be replaced eight minutes later after hurting a muscle in his right leg. Adriano sealed the result for Barcelona in the 56th from a pass by Cesc Fabregas while Messi watched from the bench. Messis injury leaves him in doubt for Tuesdays Champions League match at Celtic, when Atletico plays at Porto. Madrid hosts Copenhagen on Wednesday. Barcelona said the Argentina forward would undergo more tests on Sunday. While Barcelona may be missing Messi for the trip to Glasgow, it should have Neymar well rested after the striker didnt play a minute at Juegos Mediterraneos Stadium. Barcelonas first-year coach Gerardo Martino has guided Barcelona to its best start in 82 leagues. Five other managers, including Pep Guardiola (2009-10) and predecessor Tito Vilanova (2012-13), had reached six wins. "I have only latched on to one of the records that these players have broken and continue to break," said Martino. "They have been doing so for years both individually and as a team. The fact that I formed a part of this one is circumstantial." Elsewhere, Jonas scored his third winning goal for Valencia this week to secure a 1-0 victory at home over Rayo Vallecano. Jonas netted the decisive goal in recent wins against Sevilla and Granada, and he stepped up once again to produce the 36th-minute winner after intercepting a poor pass by Rayos Saul Niguez. Real Sociedad, meanwhile, was held to 1-1 at home by Sevilla before its Champions League game at Leverkusen on Wednesday. Duke Riley Womens Jersey . 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"Going into this game, we have to treat it as if theyre the enemy. We have to treat them like theyre the villain and were the superhero, pretty much. We cant be friendly with them. As soon as the game starts, you have to put your hard hat on." The Raptors learnt that lesson the hard way. A month earlier, the two teams faced off in Sacramento, their first meeting since the early-season swap. "I thought the way that we approached the game last time was too friendly, too cool, too lackadaisical, too laid-back," Patterson said, looking back at his return to California. Emotions were high, on both sides, as players embraced their friends and old teammates prior to tip-off, laughing and joking around, having also shared a meal the night before. Only the Kings were laughing 48 minutes later. Embarrassed, the Raptors - a post-trade feel-good story - left with their tail in-between their legs. Dwane Casey questioned his teams disposition and professionalism, Chuck Hayes called it their worst performance since the trade and John Salmons conducted his entire post-game interview head down after a 109-101 loss. Round two would be different, Casey promised leading up to the rematch in Toronto on Friday. From the moment his club took the floor, coming face-to-face with Gay and the Kings, it was clear that message had been received. "I thought the roles were reversed this time," Patterson after his new team closed out their 99-87 win. "I thought we came out the right way, with the right intensity." "Guys were professional, very professional, workman-like, not disrespecting their friends on the other team, but yet still knowing we had a job to do when you walk out between those lines," Casey echoed. "After the game is over you can shake hands, hug, kiss, whatever you want to do, but once the game starts those guys have a different colour jersey and weve got to have that razor-like focus every time we walk on the floor." Like the Kings had done in Sacramento, the Raptors jumped on the visitors riight out of the gate, taking a 29-19 lead into the second quarter. Sean Harlow Youth Jersey. Although the Kings dominated the paint and lived at the free throw line once again, Toronto neutralized their best player early. DeMarcus Cousins, who has owned the Raptors over his career, played just eight first-half minutes, saddled with foul trouble. After losing some ground in the second frame, the Raptors came out in the third quarter and - like they did in the first - outscored Sacramento 29-19, effectively repaying their old friends for last months debacle. "I think we let go of the personal stuff," said Salmons, who has been preaching forgiveness over the last couple days. "We thought we were doing that the first game, clearly we didnt. This time we just let it go and played basketball." Returning from an ankle injury, Terrence Ross scored half of his team-leading 18 points, hitting half of his six threes in the third. Patterson also added seven of his 15 points in the quarter. "Ill tell you what, hes been a godsend for us, as far as stretching the floor," Casey said of Patterson, who hit three of his four attempts from long range Friday. "Not only that, just his intensity, his work ethic, how hard how plays. Hes got a reputation around the league of playing hard. Hes one of our best pick-and-roll defenders because he uses his quickness and then he can go down and stretch the floor out. Its a big plus, not a lot of guys can do that and he does an excellent job of doing it. The boos for Gay were faint, mostly, but consistent every time he touched the ball. The former Raptors forward scored 15 points on 5-of-13 from the field, a shooting percentage reminiscent of his time spent in Toronto. Gay has shot 50 per cent or better in 23 of 38 games as a King after doing so just once in 18 contests with the Raptors this season. Again, the Raptors won as a team. They got double-digit scoring from five players and although DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry struggled from the field - shooting a combined 6-for-24 - the Raptors backcourt duo totalled 13 assists, one fewer than the entire Kings team. Salmons added eight points off the bench, Greivis Vasquez chipped in with four and, although Hayes was scoreless in 10 minutes, his defence on Cousins changed the game in the third quarter. "He has that old man stretch," Casey said of Hayes. "Youve got to be strong to hold your ground against Cousins. Hes a beast in there and now they bring Reggie Evans in, two of the strongest guys in the league. So I thought his brute strength helped him hold his position." 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