First Division - Day 20

Atlético Madrid 0 - Real Madrid 2

Atlético: Abbiati; Perea, Pablo, Eller, Antonio López; Maxi (Cléber 78'), Raúl García, Motta (Luis García 69'), Simao (Reyes 36'); Agüero, Diego Forlán. 4-4-2.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe (Michel Salgado 15'), Cannavaro, Miguel Torres; Guti (Baptista 76'), Gago, Sneijder; Raúl, Van Nistelrooy, Robinho (Drenthe 85'). 4-3-3.

Team changes: Atlético: Motta for Cléber Santana / Madrid: Sergio Ramos, Guti for Marcelo, Baptista.

0-1. 01. Raúl. Got on end of Robinho cross to turn ball past keeper from close up.
0-2. 42. Van Nistelrooy. Connected with Sneijder corner to hook shot past Abbiati.

Real Madrid bounced back from their midweek cup defeat, beating city rivals Atlético Madrid 0-2 to stay seven points clear at the top of the table. With less than a minute on the clock they were ahead, Raúl turning a cross from Robinho past Abbiati from close up after winger had left Pablo for dead.

Casillas was called upon to save from Forlán, Raúl García and Agüero, and Motta headed a corner against the bar. But with the first half coming to a close Van Nistelrooy got on the end of Sneijder's corner to hook the ball in on the far post and make it two.

Both sides had chances after that, the best a shot from Agüero just wide of the post and a couple of blocks by Abbiati from Robinho and Van Nistelrooy. But Real had beaten their old rival, and Javier Aguirre's side drop to fourth in the table, now 13 points behind the Merengues.