First Division - Day 1

Real Madrid 2 - Atlético Madrid 1

Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro (Metzelder 46'), Pepe, Drenthe; Sneijder (Gago 85'), Diarra, Guti, Robinho; Raúl, Van Nistelrooy (Saviola 77'). 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Seitaridis, Perea, Pablo, Pernía; Maxi, Maniche, Raúl García, Simao (Reyes 63'); Agüero, Diego Forlán. 4-4-2.

0-1. 01. Agüero. Far post header after Raúl García headed across Pernía corner.
1-1. 16. Raúl. Got above marker to head Sergio Ramos cross back past Franco.
2-1. 80. Sneijder. Shot from Guti's square free kick which took deflection.

The "big spenders" derby between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid was less than one minute old when Agüero put the visitors in front, heading in from close up after Raúl García had headed on Pernía's corner. The goal silenced the Bernabeu stadium, fearing another failure after the Super Cup defeat, but just a quarter of an hour later Raúl got on the end of Sergio Ramos's cross to head the equaliser past Leo Franco.

After that Madrid were on top, with Sergio Ramos heading against the post before the break, and Guti rattling the woodwork with a free kick in the second half. Ten minutes from the end Guti slid another free kick along the edge of the penalty area, and Sneijder's low shot took a deflection off Raúl García to wrong-foot Leo Franco and give his side the lead. Forlán had a goal disallowed for offside and Agüero chipped another shot over the bar, but Madrid held on for the first three points in defence of their title.