First Division - Day 34

Racing Santander 0 - Atlético Madrid 2

Racing: Lemmens; Pineda, Moratón, Juanma, Neru; Diego Mateo (Nafti 66'), Ismael (Pablo Lago 70'); Benayoun, Javi Guerrero (Diego Alonso 70'), Regueiro; Bodipo. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Esteban; Contra, Coloccini, García Calvo, Sergi; Emerson, Nagore; Aguilera (Armando 78'), Correa (Javi Moreno 41'), Movilla; José Marí (Jorge 57'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Racing: Pineda, Neru, Regueiro for Coromina, Pablo Casar, Munitis / Atlético: Aguilera, José Marí for Otero, Javi Moreno.

0-1. 65. Javi Moreno. Took return pass from Jorge and shot low past Lemmens.
0-2. 73. Javi Moreno (penalty). After Aguilera hacked down in area by Neru.

Atlético Madrid are back in the hunt for the last UEFA spot after they beat Racing Santander on Saturday evening. Luis Aragonés's side had the better of the first half, but were unable to score despite several efforts to do so, José Marí trying early on but being chased down in the area, and Emerson also going close. Correa was disappointing though, and after missing an easy chance Aragonés decided to take him off and bring on Javi Moreno. It was to prove an inspired decision, the "forgotten man" scoring both goals after the break to give his side their first win in nine games.

Atlético kept up the pressure in the second half, and soon after Aguilera rattled the crossbar, Moreno combined with Jorge down the left wing before firing a low shot wide of Lemmens. Racing's only shot at goal up to then had been from a Benayoun free kick which Esteban had fisted away in the first half, and with manager Chuchi Cos sitting up in the stands after being given a one year ban by the federation, assistant manager Nando Yosu (together with his president Dmitri Piterman) decided to make three changes. It didn't work out as planned though, and a few minutes later Javi Moreno made it two from the penalty spot after Neru had brought down Aguilera in the area. Racing fell to their first defeat in seven games, and drop back down to fifteenth place.