First Division - Day 37

Real Madrid 3 - Villarreal 3

Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado (Cicinho 60'), Mejía, Sergio Ramos, Roberto Carlos; Pablo García (Guti 60'); Beckham, Baptista, Zidane (Raúl Bravo 91'), Robinho; Raúl. 4-1-4-1.
Villarreal: Barbosa; Javi Venta, Quique Alvarez, Peña, Arruabarrena; José Marí (Guayre 72'), Marcos Senna, Tacchinardi, Riquelme; Guille Franco (Sorín 46'), Diego Forlán (Josico 88'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Madrid: Casillas, Baptista, Zidane for Diego López, Guti, Soldado / Villarreal: Quique Alvarez, Arruabarrena, Marcos Senna for Josemi, César Arzo, Josico.

1-0. 23. Baptista. First time volley from left of goal after Raúl headed back cross.
1-1. 31. Mejía (own goal). Deflected ball into net following Riquelme corner.
1-2. 38. Diego Forlán. Ran on to long Peña pass to fire angled shot past Casillas.
2-2. 67. Zidane. Steered header back over Barbosa from Beckham cross.
2-3. 86. Diego Forlán (penalty). After Sergio Ramos handled Javi Venta shot.
3-3. 88. Baptista. Guided header wide of keeper from long Beckham free kick.

An exciting game in the Bernabeu stadium, where Real Madrid and Villarreal shared the points in a 3-3 draw which signalled the swansong of Zinedine Zidane.

With Ronaldo still not fit and Cassano recovering from a knock, López Caro decided to play Raúl up front, and the striker was foiled twice by Barbosa early on. But midway through the first half he headed back Robinho's cross for Baptista to volley home the opening goal.

Their joy only lasted a few minutes though before the visitors levelled the scores, Riquelme's corner being headed on in to the area where Mejía deflected the ball in to his own net. And before the break Diego Forlán put his side ahead when he ran on to a long ball out of midfield to catch out Casillas with an angled shot from outside of the area.

It could have been worse though, Forlán hitting the post in a similar move a couple of minutes later and Roberto Carlos clearing off the line from José Marí with the keeper beaten on the stroke of half time.

This was Zidane's night however, the crowd paying homage to him in his last home game before retiring, and he delighted the fans when he headed home a Beckham cross to square the match once again after the restart.

With five minutes to go though it looked as if Villarreal would come away with the three points when Sergio Ramos was sent off for blocking a Javi Venta shot with his hands and Forlán drove home the resulting penalty. But just two minutes later Baptista came to the rescue with a well directed header from a long Beckham free kick, saving the point his side needed to hold on to second spot.

Zidane went off to a standing ovation in the last minute, but many fans will have had mixed feelings, wondering who will be able to replace the big man next season.