First Division - Day 4

Valladolid 1 - Real Madrid 1

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Peña, Mario, Marcos; Chema, Colsa, Ricchetti, Olivera (Oscar Sánchez 87'); Fernando Sales, Pachón (Ciric 80'). 4-4-2.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Salgado, Hierro, Pavón, Roberto Carlos; Makelele, Cambiasso; Figo (Miñambres 73'), Zidane, Raúl; Guti (Solari 80'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Torres Gómez, Peña, Olivera, Chema, Pachón for Gaspar, Jonathan, Sousa, Oscar González, Aganzo / Madrid: Pavón, Makelele, Zidane for Iván Helguera, Flavio Conceiçao, Solari.

0-1. 45. Raúl. Ran on to Zidane through ball to lift shot over Bizzarri.
1-1. 58. Olivera (penalty). After Hierro ruled to have brought down Sales.

High flying Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Valladolid in a match in which controversial refereeing decisions played a big part. Makelele and Zidane returned to De Bosque's side, although Iván Helguera was out with a light injury and Pavón came in for his first start of the season. Valladolid had to put together a starting line up without Sousa and Aganzo, both of whom could not play under their loan arrangements with Real Madrid, and Nico Olivera came in for his first game since joining from Sevilla.

Valladolid started the better of the two, and after Casillas saved from makeshift striker Fernando Sales, Olivera shot wide. Later in the half the visitors claimed a penalty when Guti was shouldered over by Marcos, and Michel Salgado picked up a yellow card from Ramírez Domínguez for protesting. It was an important decision, as only a minute later Salgado picked up a second booking for a foul on Marcos and had to leave the field of play.

Even so the visitors went in front on the stroke of half time, Zidane putting through Raúl for him to lift the ball over the advancing Bizzarri and score for the fourth consecutive match. Valladolid came back after the break though when the referee ruled that Hierro had brought down Fernando Sales in the penalty area, Nico Olivera tucking away the resulting spot kick despite a good effort by Casillas to stop it. Honours were shared after that, with Bizzarri coming out quickly to save from Cambiasso and Casillas blocking a long shot from Colsa. But in the end a point each, leaving both sides tied on seven points, albeit that Madrid have a game in hand.