First Division - Day 36

Real Madrid 1 - Celta Vigo 1

Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Hierro,Iván Helguera, Roberto Carlos; Flavio Conceiçao (Morientes 46'), Makelele; Figo, Raúl, Zidane; Ronaldo. 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Cavallero; Velasco, Cáceres, Juanfran; Angel, Luccin, José Ignacio, Sylvinho; Mostovoi (Vagner 64'), Gustavo López (Jesuli 59'); Edu (Catanha 87'). 3-4-2-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Hierro, Makelele for Pavón, Guti / Celta: Luccin, Silvinho, Gustavo López for Berizzo, Giovanella, Jesuli.

0-1. 35. Mostovoi. Angled header wide of Casillas from Angel's cross.
1-1. 68. Raúl. Got on the end of Salgado centre to steer header past Cavallero.

Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Celta in the only game played on Saturday night, and could lose ground on leaders Real Sociedad who play on Sunday. It was always going to be a difficult game, Miguel Angel Lotina's side needing points themselves to keep up their push for the fourth Champions League spot, and the visiting manager put out a novel formation which included four full backs and no recognised striker. Del Bosque was missing the suspended Guti, but Makelele and Hierro returned after injury.

The locals made the early running, with Raúl having a goal disallowed by referee Carmona Méndez for offside and Cavallero beating a deflected shot from Hierro over the bar following a short free kick later in the half. But the Gallicians took the lead with virtually their first attempt at goal, Mostovoi getting ahead of a static defence to steer Angel's cross wide of Casillas.

Before half time Raúl headed wide with only the keeper to beat and then was ruled offside after Ronaldo put him through. Edu could have added to Celta's lead though when he almost got on the end of another dangerous cross from Angel in injury time.

Del Bosque went for broke and brought on Morientes for Flavio at the break, and Cavallero had to cut out a cross from Ronaldo in the first minute of the second half which had the striker's name on it. Roberto Carlos and then Ronaldo both had penalty appeals turned down as Madrid came forward, and it was only a matter of time before they equalised, Raúl beating Cavallero with a well placed header off the post from Salgado's cross.

But Celta were defending well, and held on for dear worth. Ronaldo had another goal disallowed for a debateable foul by Salgado, and Morientes and Raúl both headed wide of the target in a frantic last few minutes. Celta had their point though, and could be on for a first ever appearance in the Champions League. Madrid left the pitch frustrated, Hierro haranguing the referee as he walked off. The league title may just have slipped out of their grasp.