First Division - Day 11

Atlético Madrid 3 - Cádiz 0

Atlético: Leo Franco; Velasco, Perea, Pablo, Antonio López; Maxi (Ibagaza 71'), Zahinos, Luccin, Petrov; Kezman (Gabi 76'), Fernando Torres (Galletti 79'). 4-4-2.
Cádiz: Armando; Varela, Abraham Paz, De Quintana, Raúl López; Suárez, Fleurquín (Bezares 73'); Enrique (Estoyanoff 65'), Pavoni, Jonathan Sesma; Oli (Medina 57'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Atlético: No change / Cádiz: No change.

1-0. 23. Maxi. Got on end of Antonio López cross to turn ball in from close up.
2-0. 64. Pablo. Ran in to head Petrov corner past Armando on far post.
3-0. 87. Galletti. Beat offside trap to pick up Gabi pass and shoot under keeper.

Atlético Madrid took advantage of slip ups by the teams above them to get back within three points of the UEFA spots thanks to a 3-0 win over Cádiz. The Andalusians came in to the game having picked up seven points in their last three matches, and they fancied their chances against a side who had only scored twice in their own stadium all season. But Petrov and Kezman brought good saves out of Armando early on, and midway through the first half Maxi got on the end of an Antonio López cross to put the hosts in front. Fernando Torres (who had a penalty appeal turned down early on) should have increased the lead a few minutes later, and the only danger for local keeper Leo Franco came from a shot over the bar from Pavoni and a long effort from Sesma close to the break.

Another long shot from Raúl López almost caught Leo Franco off his line after the restart, but Torres tested Armando at the other end a few minutes later. And twenty minutes in to the second half Pablo came forward to head Petrov's corner past the keeper to put the result beyond doubt. With another match at the weekend Bianchi rested three of his key players, but Galletti came on to pick up a pass from Gabi and shoot under the keeper near the end, his first goal for his new club. Varela did have a late effort for the visitors, but Leo Franco had no real problems and real problems keeping his third clean sheet in a row. Atleti were back on track, and they climbed a point above their opponents to eleventh in the table.