First Division - Day 6

Atlético Madrid 1 - Valencia 1

Atlético: Mono Burgos; Otero, Santi, García Calvo, Sergi; Movilla, Nagore; Aguilera (Contra 46'), Jorge (Javi Moreno 57'), Luis García (Correa 46'); Fernando Torres. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Cañizares; Curro Torres, Ayala, Pellegrino, Carboni; Albelda (Marchena 60'), Baraja; Rufete, Aimar (Mista 77'), Vicente (Fabio Aurelio 69'); Carew. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Atlético: Burgos, Otero, Santi, Nagore, Jorge for Esteban, Hibic, Contra, Albertini, Emerson / Valencia: Ayala, Carboni, Carew for Marchena, Fabio Aurelio, Mista.

0-1. 40. Baraja. Fired ball into roof of net after Burgos failed to hold on to corner.
1-1. 51. Javi Moreno. Forced ball in after Nagore shot span from Cañizares' grip.

Atlético Madrid and Valencia shared the points in an exciting match in the Vicente Calderón stadium. Mono Burgos returned to Luis Aragonés' side as one of several changes following the sending off and subsequent suspension of Esteban, Albertini and Emerson in the previous game, and he was to prove both hero and villain in this match. The Argentine keeper kept his side alive with a series of saves in the first half, but then dropped a corner into the path of Baraja five minutes before the break allowing the ex Atlético midfielder to drive the ball into the unguarded net.

It was the only blot on his copybook however, and he was to save the day in the second half when he managed to get a hand to a Fabio Aurelio free kick, although the Valencia players claimed that the ball had crossed the line beforehand. A couple of minutes later though it was the turn of Cañizares to make a mistake, the Valencia keeper allowing a long shot from Nagore to spill out of his hands. The ball spun goalwards, and before anybody could react, substitute Javi Moreno was there to force it over the line for his first official goal with his new side.

The result keeps Valencia up in the leading group, although they remain two points behind joint leaders Celta and Real Sociedad who play on Sunday. Atlético record their third 1-1 draw in a row at home, and should end the weekend in midtable.