First Division - Day 24

Real Madrid 1 - Valencia 1

Real Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Iván Helguera, Raúl Bravo, Roberto Carlos; Beckham, Guti; Figo, Raúl, Solari (Portillo 79'); Ronaldo. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Cañizares; Garrido, Ayala, Marchena, Carboni; Albelda, Baraja; Angulo (Rufete 79'), Aimar (Curro Torres 90'), Vicente; Mista (Oliveira 67'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Iván Helguera, Guti, Solari for Pavón, Borja, Zidane / Valencia: Aimar for Xisco.

0-1. 75. Ayala. Powered header past Casillas from Angulo corner.
1-1. 92. Figo (penalty). After Marchena ruled to have fouled Raúl in area.

A controversial injury time penalty saved a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid in their top of the table clash with Valencia, keeping them two points ahead of their rivals. It was in intense match, with the league's best defence winning the battle for much of the 90 minutes against the best attack (albeit missing the suspended Zidane), and on-target scoring chances were relatively few.

Cañizares was called upon to save from Salgado and Raúl in the first half when Madrid did get through, Beckham put a free kick wide and Mista and Vicente both went close at the other end. But the visitors took the lead with a quarter of an hour to go when Ayala powered a header past Casillas from Angulo's corner, and it looked as if Rafa Benítez's side were going to finish the day on top of the table.

However referee Tristante Oliva awarded a dubious penalty in injury time when Raúl fell under a challenge from Marchena, and Figo stepped up to level the scores with virtually the last kick of the match. Valencia are the first team to take points away from the Bernabeu stadium this season, but that is little consolation for them and the protests are likely to go on all week.