First Division - Day 9

Real Madrid 1 - Celta 1

Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Hierro, Pavón, Roberto Carlos; Figo, Makelele, Zidane (Morientes 82'), McManaman (Solari 82'); Guti (Munitis 56'), Raúl.
Celta: Cavallero; Velasco, Cáceres, Berizzo, Juanfran; Giovanella (Doriva 75'), Luccin; Karpin, Mostovoi (Silvinho 82'), Gustavo López (Edú 65'); Catanha. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Pavón, Roberto Carlos, Zidane, McManaman for Karanka, Raúl Bravo, Celades, Solari / Celta: No change.

0-1. 09. Catanha. Scrambled ball over line after Cáceres played on corner.
1-1. 26. Guti. Chested down Zidane through ball and lobbed keeper.

Real Madrid were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Celta at the Bernabeu stadium and they end the weekend in fifteenth place, only two points above the relegation spots. Roberto Carlos and Zidane returned to Del Bosque's starting line up, with Iván Helguera on the bench for the first time since breaking his toe at the start of the season, and there were hopes that after qualifying for the next stage of the Champions League midweek, they would return to form in the Spanish league. However Celta were a tougher nut to crack than Anderlecht, and they found themselves a goal down early on when Catanha scrambled the ball over the line after the Madrid defenders failed to clear a corner.

Guti levelled the scores later in the half with a lob over the keeper after Zidane put him through with a weighted pass, and Figo hit the bar before the break as Madrid came looking for the winner. However the goal chances dried up in the second half, and Víctor Fernández closed the game down in the final minutes, putting on defender Silvinho for his UEFA cup hat-trick hero Mostovoi, who was playing despite suffering from a bad back. With the home fans getting on their backs Madrid ended the match with ten men after Makelele picked up a second caution in the last minute against his old team. Celta had held on to their undefeated league record, and they stay in second place behind their Gallician neighbours Deportivo.