First Division - Day 26

Atlético Madrid 4 - Barcelona 2

Atlético: Abbiati; Valera, Perea, Pablo, Antonio López; Maxi (Reyes 86'), Nacho Camacho (Cléber Santana 69'), Raúl García, Simao; Diego Forlán, Agüero (Jurado 89'). 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Zambrotta, Puyol, Milito, Abidal; Xavi, Edmilson (Gudjohnsen 64'), Iniesta; Henry (Messi 56'), Eto'o, Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Atlético: Valera, Pablo, Nacho Camacho, Raúl García, Simao, Agüero for Eller, Pernía, Cléber, Jurado, Luis García, Reyes / Barça: Abidal, Edmilson, Henry for Sylvinho, Toure Yaya, Messi.

0-1. 29. Ronaldinho. Acrobatic scissors kick past Abbiati from Xavi's cross.
1-1. 35. Agüero. Cut past defender and fired shot which deflected off Puyol.
2-1. 41. Maxi. Picked up Agüero pass and beat Valdés with shot on turn.
3-1. 61. Forlán (penalty). After Agüero pushed over by Puyol inside area.
4-1. 70. Agüero. Won ball off Puyol and ran on past Milito to shoot past keeper.
4-2. 73. Eto'o. Struck bouncing shot past Abbiati after Gudjohnsen shot blocked.

Barcelona dropped five points behind leaders Real Madrid after a 4-2 defeat to fourth placed Atlético Madrid. Frank Rijkaard's side got off to a good start, Eto'o having a goal disallowed for a narrow offside before Ronaldinho put them ahead with a spectacular overhead kick from Xavi's cross. But by half time Atlético had overturned the scoreline, Agüero leaving Abidal and Milito for dead before firing in a shot which deflected off Puyol past Valdés, and then setting up Maxi for him to turn and angled shot past the keeper.

Agüero got free after the restart but shot wide, and Ronaldinho fired a free kick over the bar at the other end. But on the hour mark Diego Forlán gave the locals the lead from the penalty spot after Puyol pushed over Agüero inside the area, and Agüero rounded off a magnificent evening with a fourth goal, again cutting a swathe through the visiting defence before curling a shot wide of Valdés.

Eto'o got one back three minutes later after Gudjohnsen's shot was blocked by a defender, and Abbiati had some work to do before the referee blew the final whistle. But Atlético were back after a run of only one win in their last six league games, and they had their revenge for the 0-6 thrashing from last season.