First Division - Day 7

Celta Vigo 0 - Atlético Madrid 0

Celta: Cavallero; Velasco, Cáceres, Méndez, Juanfran; Vagner (Jandro 75'), Luccin; Coudet (José Ignacio 67'), Mostovoi (Jesuli 11'), Sylvinho; Edu. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Mono Burgos; Otero (Aguilera 46'), Santi, García Calvo, Sergi; Nagore (Movilla 55'), Emerson; Contra, Fernando Torres, José Mari; Javi Moreno (Correa 46'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Celta: Méndez, Coudet, Juanfran for Berizzo, Jesuli, McCarthy / Atlético: Emerson, Contra, José Mari, Javi Moreno for Nagore, Aguilera, Jorge, Luis García.

Goals: None.

Celta dropped a place to third after a dull 0-0 draw with Atlético Madrid. The Gallicians were missing the injured Catanha, Gustavo López and Sergio and the suspended McCarthy, and Lotina brought in Edu at centre forward, whilst Luis Aragonés made several changes to his line up, bringing in José Mari and Javi Moreno to join Fernando Torres in attack.

The game got off to a slow start, although Edu did manage to get the ball into the net with a looping header. Referee López Nieto correctly ruled it out for offside though, and Edu had to be attended by the trainer after clashing with Burgos in the play. The Brazilian youngster recovered quickly though, but Mostovoi came away limping and had to be replaced by Jesuli, doctors diagnosing a hamstring injury to the Russian star which will keep him out for a couple of weeks or so.

Without their captain there was nobody to take the initiative, and much of the play was fought out in the centre of the park. Aragonés had to make two changes at the break, with Otero and Javi Morteno both complaining of injuries, but the introduction of Aguilera, Correa, and soon afterwards Movilla made little difference. Fernando Torres did show some of his future potential with a good run and shot, and Jesuli had a go at the other end. But in the end the Argentine keepers Cavallero and Burgos didn't have much to do, and both had to settle for a point. It was Atlético's fifth of the season in seven games, and they ended the day down in the bottom half of the table.