|First Division - Day 27|
Atlético Madrid 1 - Real Murcia 1
Sergio Aragoneses; Aguilera (Paunovic 77'), García Calvo, Simeone,
Sergi; Jorge, De los Santos (Ortíz 63'), Ibagaza, Nano; Nikolaidis
(Arizmendi 63'), Fernando Torres. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Atlético: Jorge, Nikolaidis for Novo, Arizmendi / Murcia: Hurtado, Azcárate, Valera, Sebas, Carreras, Esnaider for Juanma, Cuadrado, Clavero, Jensen, Gancedo, David Karanka.
A last second free kick form Nano saved a point for a poor Atlético Madrid against bottom club Real Murcia. Visiting manager John Toshack drafted three youngsters in to his side after a string of poor results, and put out a new formation with three lines of three to pack midfield and snuff out the danger from Ibagaza and Jorge. And for a long time the move worked, albeit sacrificing attractive football, with Atlético only really going close to goal in the first 45 minutes when Bonano tipped a deflected shot from Nikolaidis on to the post.
The introduction of Gancedo before the break created more problems for the locals, and Esnaider should have put his side in front when he shot weakly with the goal at his mercy. Sergi hit the bar at the other end, but a couple of minutes later Simeone fouled Luis García from behind as he lined up to shoot and the ex Real Madrid forward converted the resulting penalty. The home side were left with ten men when Jorge got sent off for insulting a linesman later on, but just when Murcia looked to be in line for only their third win of the season and their first away from home, Nano struck his last gasp equaliser. Not a great result, but for the time being at least Atlético are still in the UEFA cup spots.