First Division - Day 24

Valladolid 2 - Real Madrid 1

Valladolid: Ricardo; Torres Gómez, Mario, Caminero, Peña, Marcos; Fernando Sales, Jesús, Chema, Fernando (Ricchetti 78'); Tote (Luis García 75'). 5-4-1.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado (Guti 65'), Karanka, Pavón, Roberto Carlos; Iván Helguera (Celades 46'), Makelele; Figo, Raúl, Solari (McManaman 46'); Morientes. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Chema for Luis García / Madrid: Makelele for Flavio Conceiçao.

1-0. 60. Fernando. Following up after Casillas blocked shot from Fernando Sales.
1-1. 73. Morientes. Looping header over Ricardo from Figo cross.
2-1. 88. Jesús. Near post header into bottom corner after corner from Sales.

Real Madrid's bad away form continues and they lost 2-1 at Valladolid, their first defeat in Zorrilla for ten years. Del Bosque lined up once again with his first choice side except for the injured Hierro and Zidane, with Makelele returning from a one match ban. However they were looking tired right from the start, with Roberto Carlos, Figo and Raúl all out of sorts after a long season. Valladolid ran them around in the first half, with Chema the only change to Moré's side getting the better of Figo down his wing. Two of Madrid's on-loan youngsters were playing for the home side and both nearly scored before the break, Tote just failing to control the ball after rounding Casillas and Fernando bringing a good save out the young keeper.

Del Bosque was clearly upset about the way his team were playing and made two changes at half time, Celades and McManaman coming on for Helguera and Solari. However fifteen minutes into the half they fell behind, Fernando coming from behind to beat Casillas after the keeper blocked a shot from Fernando Sales. Madrid brought on Guti for Salgado, with McManaman switching to makeshift right back, and a few minutes later Morientes levelled the scores with a looping header from Figo's cross, his tenth of the season in the league and his 100th in a Real Madrid shirt.

Morientes went to close to giving his side the lead when with a shot a few minutes later which Ricardo just kept out, but with the game coming to an end Jesús got ahead of McManaman to head a corner from Sales down into the bottom corner of the net. Real Madrid drop to third having only picked up two points in their last four games, and to make matters worse Raúl, who has not missed a minute in the league this season, limped off at the end with an injury which could keep him out for a couple of weeks. Valladolid move up to ninth place, only four points below the top six.