First Division - Day 6

Las Palmas 4 - Real Madrid 2

Las Palmas: Nacho González; Angel, Olías, Schurrer, Paqui; Josico (Alberto 46'), Samways; Edu Alonso, Jorge (Tevenet 83'), Pablo Lago; Orlando (Rubén 65'). 4-2-3-1.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Hierro, Iván Campo, Karanka; Geremi, Makelele (Morientes 80'), Zidane (Celades 67'), Solari (Guti 78'); Munitis, Raúl. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Las Palmas: No change / Madrid: Iván Campo, Geremi, Solari for Roberto Carlos, Figo, McManaman.

1-0. 08. Pablo Lago. Smashed in from close up after Hierro blocked his first shot.
1-1. 32. Munitis. First time touch Geremi crossed in from right.
2-1. 35. Jorge (penalty). After player himself brought down by Iván Campo.
2-2. 40. Zidane. Bent free kick over wall and in to top corner.
3-2. 75. Rubén. Ran ball round Casillas and in to net after pass from Alberto.
4-2. 93. Rubén. Lobbed ball over Casillas from outside of penalty area.

Real Madrid's bad form in the league continued with a 4-2 defeat at Las Palmas. The league champions made the trip to the Canary Islands missing Figo, McManaman and Roberto Carlos on international duty, although Zidane and Makele were allowed to play and join the French squad after the match. Within eight minutes Fernando Vázquez's young side took the lead, with an indecisive defence giving Pablo Lago time to win the ball back and smash a shot past Casillas. Munitis levelled things on the half hour mark after Geremi crossed in from the right wing, but another defensive error, this time from Iván Campo put in a clumsy late tackle on Jorge, allowed the home side to go back in front.

Zidane made it all square again from a well struck free kick which went in off the bar, his fourth goal in consecutive matches in the league. However Munitis got himself a direct red card for an uncharacteristic kick at Olías from behind ten minutes in to the second half, and Vázquez brought on fresh legs in attack, another of their talented youngsters Rubén coming on for Orlando. Within ten minutes of coming on he re-established the lead, running the ball round Casillas and steering it in to the net off the post. And then with the game coming to an end, the youngster drove the final nail in with a lob from way outside of the area which caught Casillas off his line. It left Madrid with the worst goals against record of the league to date (together with Espanyol), and with only five points from six games they are only a point outside of the relegation spots.