First Division - Day 37

Real Madrid 0 - Atlético Madrid 0

Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado, Pavón, Samuel, Roberto Carlos; Beckham (Figo 75'), Gravesen, Zidane; Raúl; Owen, Ronaldo (Guti 75'). 4-3-1-2.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Velasco, Perea, Pablo, Sergi; Colsa (Raúl Medina 69'), Luccin; Ibagaza, Richard Nuñez (Jorge 52'), Antonio López (Nano 78'); Fernando Torres. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Pavón for Iván Helguera / Atlético: Richard Nuñez for Braulio.

Goals: None.

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid played out a lifeless match on Saturday night which was dubbed by one local paper the worst Madrid derby of the century. With nothing much to play for, the game was lacking intensity, and the two keepers had little work throughout the evening. And in fact the most entertaining point of the evening was the pre-match presentation to Fernando Hierro, who was given an award by the club after he announced that he would be retiring from football this summer after a season with Bolton in the Premier League.

The visitors had the better of the opening minutes, but Richard Nuñez was unable to find the target a couple of times early on. Madrid fought back though, and Leo Franco had to keep out Ronaldo, who was hoping to add to his tally to keep up his challenge for the Pichichi title. And before the break Roberto Carlos and Zidane both sent shots wide of goal.

It was more of the same after the restart, Fernando Torres showing some classy touches but being closed down by Gravesen and then failing to beat Casillas with a lob. Raúl and Gravesen tried their luck at the other end, and Michael Owen wasted a couple of chances, the first after Beckham set him up. But in the end both sides settled for a point, which does at least keep Atlético in with a chance of one of the two Intertoto spots. A match to be forgotten though, and the fans left the ground looking forward to the summer break.