First Division - Day 38

Atlético Madrid 2 - Getafe 2

Atlético: Cuéllar; Velasco, García Calvo, Pablo, Sergi (Raúl Medina 46'); Aguilera (Jorge 27'), Luccin (Zahinos 73'), Ibagaza, Antonio López; Richard Nuñez, Fernando Torres. 4-4-2.
Getafe: Aragoneses; Yanguas, Belenguer, Nano, Pernía; Mario Cotelo (Yordi 89'), Diego Rivas, Cubillo, Vivar Dorado; Craioveanu (Asen 58'), Kome (Riki 86'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Atlético: Cuéllar, García Calvo, Aguilera for Leo Franco, Perea, Colsa / Getafe: Diego Rivas, Cubillo for Albiol, Gabi.

0-1. 22. Cubillo (penalty). After Craioveanu tripped from behind by Pablo.
1-1. 46. Nuñez. Fired ball into net after defender failed to clear.
1-2. 55. Craioveanu. Turned ball in from close range from Vivar Dorado pass.
2-2. 91. Nuñez. Latched on to square free kick to drive shot in from edge of area.

Disappointment at the Vicente Calderón stadium, where Atlético Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw by city rivals Getafe. As things went in the other games, a win would have given them the second Intertoto spot, but in fact they fell behind twice, and only two strikes by Richard Nuñez at the beginning and end of the second half saved them the embarrassment of finishing behind their lowly neighbours.

After an eventless first quarter the visitors were awarded a penalty when Craioveanu was tripped from behind by Pablo, the defender lucky not to be shown the red card by referee Losantos Omar who was officiating his last match and probably didn't want to spoil it. Cubillo stepped up to drive the spot kick past debutant keeper Iván Cuéllar, but decided not to celebrate the goal out of defence to his old side.

A few minutes later Atlético captain Aguilera took his bow from the club, and at half time Sergi followed him into retirement. Almost immediately after the kick off though Richard Nuñez levelled the scores with his first goal for the club, firing the ball back into the net after the defence failed to clear Ibagaza's cross, but less than ten minutes later Getafe were back in front when Craioveanu finished off following a good run by Vivar Dorado.

As the game wore on the local crowd started to get at their own players and at club president Enrique Cerezo, unhappy about another poor performance from their side. But with the game in injury time Nuñez at least saved his team mates from the worst of the supporters' jibes with a spectacular goal after picking up a short free kick outside of the area. The draw left Atlético in eleventh place though, not good enough for a team who once were considered number three in Spain behind Real Madrid and Barcelona. There will be changes once again!