First Division - Day 30

Racing Santander 2 - Real Madrid 1

Racing: Toño; Pinillos, Garay, Rubén, Cristian Fernández; Scaloni, Colsa (Felipe Melo 70'), Vitolo, Oscar Serrano (Juanjo 92'); Zigic, Munitis. 4-4-2.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Iván Helguera, Marcelo; Diarra, Emerson; Raúl (Guti 85'), Higuaín (Reyes 74'), Robinho (Mejía 88'); Van Nistelrooy. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Racing: Cristian Fernández for Oriol / Madrid: Marcelo for Miguel Torres.

0-1. 32. Raúl. Shot under Toño after Garay gave ball away to Higuaín.
1-1. 72. Garay (penalty). After Scaloni fell under challenge from Diarra.
2-1. 89. Garay (penalty). After Cannavaro pulled over Zigic inside area.

Two late penalties from Garay gave Racing Santander a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Saturday evening, spoiling the Merengues' plans to move to the top of the table. With Barcelona and Sevilla playing the following day, a win would have taken Capello's side to the top of the pile for the first time in 18 months. And they started well, Diarra almost catching out Toño with a swerving shot which the keeper just got a hand to, Rubén clearing the danger with two forwards closing in. Casillas had to save from Munitis at the other end, but with just over half an hour gone a mistake by Garay allowed Higuaín to set up Raúl to put his side in front.

Higuaín should have increased Madrid's lead after the restart but he shot straight at Toño, and Casillas saved comfortably from Colsa at the other end. But with twenty minutes to go referee Turienzo Alvarez ruled that Diarra had fouled Scaloni, and Garay converted the resulting spot kick. Munitis had another chance for the Cantabrians a few minutes later, but with a draw seemingly on the cards Turienzo pointed to the spot once again after Cannavaro pulled back Zigic, and Garay stepped up to score his second of the night. Madrid ended with nine men after Helguera and Mejía were sent off late on, and Racing move up to seventh, level on points with sixth placed Atlético Madrid, after their eighth game in a row without defeat.