First Division - Day 12

Valladolid 3 - Atlético Madrid 1

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez (Jonathan 79'), Julio César, Peña, Marcos; Jesús, Sousa; Fernando Sales, Oscar González (Javi Jiménez 90'), Zapata (Caminero 92'); Makukula. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Burgos; Gaspar, Lequi, Santi, Ortíz; Novo, Simeone (Diego Rivas 46'), Jorge (Ibagaza 46'), Musampa (Rodrigo 78'); Fernando Torres, Nikolaidis. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valladolid: Peña, Oscar González for Caminero, Ricchetti / Atlético: Burgos, Ortíz, Simeone for Juanma, Sergi, De los Santos.

0-1. 13. Musampa. Took pass from Nikolaidis and poked shot past keeper.
1-1. 22. Makukula. Header down in off post from Zapata free kick.
2-1. 37. Zapata. Shot from inside area after keeper blocked Sousa back-heel.
3-1. 65. Sousa. Picked up pass from Makukula on right and shot low into net.

Atlético Madrid's run of five wins in a row came to an end when they were beaten 3-1 by Valladolid on a rain-sodden Nueva Zorrilla pitch. Musampa put Gregorio Manzano's side ahead early on, somewhat against the run of play, poking a shot past Bizzarri from the edge of the area after a clever back-heel pass by Nikolaidis set him up. But otherwise they were upstaged by their hosts, and Makukula felt himself unlucky when referee Moreno Delgado ruled out a headed goal a few minutes later.

It didn't take Makukula long though to get his just reward, beating Burgos for the second time with another header just inside the far post from Zapata's free kick. And the referee's error was cancelled out before half time when he allowed Zapata's strike to stand, even though Sousa had been in an offside position when he back-heeled a shot at Burgos in the play leading up to the goal.

Atlético were left with ten men though just before half time when stand in left back Ortíz was given a second yellow card, and Makukula could have wrapped things up after the restart when he splashed through the puddles past two defenders but then shot straight at the keeper. However the Portuguese under 21 international got through again later in the half, and this time squared across for Sousa to strike a shot low into the net. It was enough to take his side within a point of their opponents, who themselves are in seventh place, just outside of the UEFA spots on goal difference.