First Division - Day 16

Real Madrid 0 - Recreativo Huelva 3

Madrid: Casillas; Michel Salgado (Mejía 65'), Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos; Beckham, Guti, Emerson (Robinho 46'), Raúl; Van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo (Reyes 65'). 4-4-2.
Recreativo: López Vallejo; Merino, Beto (César Arzo 54'), Mario , Poli; Cazorla, Viqueira, Jesús Vázquez, Aitor; Uche (Javi Guerrero 80'), Sinama-Pongolle (Juanma 65'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Madrid: Beckham, Ronaldo for Robinho, Reyes / Recreativo: Poli for Dani Bautista.

0-1. 35. Sinama-Pongolle. Went past Cannavaro and shot wide of Casillas.
0-2. 51. Uche. Picked up ball on left wing and cut in to shoot low past keeper.
0-3. 88. Viqueira. Bent long free kick over wall and in to top corner of net.

Nobody wanted to play football in the Bernabeu stadium after four Recreativo fans were killed in a coach crash on their way to the ground, but the Federation insisted on the game taking place. And the Recre players rallied round to beat Real Madrid 0-3 and dedicate a historic victory to the missing supporters, their first ever against the Merengues away from home.

The visitors came out motivated right from the kick off, and Casillas had to make two or three saves early on, in particular from Cazorla and Uche. And with ten minutes to go to the break the new "Balón de Oro" winner Cannavaro lost the ball, allowing Sinama-Pongolle to run on and open the scoring.

Madrid's only reply was a long shot from Van Nistelrooy just wide of the post, and at half time Capello brought on Robinho for Emerson. But just six minutes after the restart Uche cut in from the left wing past Cannavaro and fired a shot wide of Casillas for the second.

Uche could have scored a third soon afterwards had he decided to pass to a colleague rather than doing it all himself, and with five minutes to go Viqueira thundered a long shot against the bar. And with the game coming to an end Viqueira wrapped things up with a well struck free kick which left Casillas stranded.

The players pointed to the sky at the end of the game, and the few remaining local fans applauded them off the park. Madrid generously decided to give the match takings to the grieving families, but it was a day when football was the least important thing on people's minds.