First Division - Day 15

Atlético Madrid 1 - Getafe 0

Atlético: Abbiati; Antonio López, Perea, Eller, Pernía; Maxi (Cléber Santana 88'), Maniche, Raúl García, Simao (Reyes 69'); Agüero, Diego Forlán (Luis García 90'). 4-4-2.
Getafe: Pato Abbondanzieri; David Cortés (Contra 65'), Mario (Belenguer 46'), Cata Díaz, Licht; De la Red, Casquero (Kepa 75'); Pablo Hernández, Albín, Granero; Manu del Moral. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Atlético: Abbiati, Perea, Simao for Leo Franco, Pablo, Reyes / Getafe: Pablo Hernández, Manu del Moral for Sousa, Braulio.

1-0. 14. Diego Forlán. Got ahead of keeper to turn Simao cross into net.

Atlético Madrid moved up to third in the table after a 1-0 victory over city neighbours Getafe. Although there were not as many goals as there have been in recent matches in the Calderón stadium, there was a lot to entertain the fans, including the sending off of four players.

Forlán got the only goal of the game on the quarter hour mark after getting ahead of Abbondanzieri to turn Simao's cross into the net. And after that both sides hit the woodwork, Pato tipping a Pernía free kick onto the bar before the interval and Abbiati doing likewise with an effort from Granero after the restart. The visitors could have equalised as well before the half time whistle, with Albín missing a sitter and Manu going close a couple of times later on.

From then on centre stage belonged to referee Clos Gómez, who started by sending off Agüero for two bookings, one for diving and one for hands. Soon afterwards though Licht and then Abbondanzieri followed, both for second bookable offences, and with all three changes made Contra took over in goal.

The Rumanian full back gave a good account of himself, making a couple of competent saves, and numbers were evened up when substitute Reyes was also sent off, this time with a straight red. Abbiati had to keep out Kepa late on and Maniche shot wide, but the lasting memory will be of the referee. With two more reds for a couple of Atlético's technical staff he managed to clock up fifteen yellow cards and six reds. If that's not a record then it can't be far off!