First Division - Day 7

Atlético Madrid 1 - Real Madrid 2

Atlético: Leo Franco; Perea, Heitinga, Ujfalusi (Luis García 70'), Pernía (Simao 46'); Maniche, Raúl García (Antonio López 37'), Paulo Assunçao, Banega; Diego Forlán, Agüero. 4-4-2.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Cannavaro, Marcelo; Sneijder (Van der Vaart 67'), Gago, De la Red (Javi García 77'); Higuaín, Van Nistelrooy, Raúl (Drenthe 85'). 4-3-3.

Team changes: Atlético: Leo Franco, Pernía, Maniche, Banega, Diego Forlán for Coupet, Antonio López, Luis García, Maxi, Sinama-Pongolle / Madrid: Marcelo, Sneijder, Gago for Heinze, Van der Vaart, Diarrá.

0-1. 01. Van Nistelrooy. Picked up ball on left of area and struck shot past Franco.
1-1. 90. Simao. Curled free kick over defensive wall from outside of area.
1-2. 96. Higuaín (penalty). After Drenthe brought down by Heitinga inside area.

Yellow cards: Perea 08', Raúl García 36', Assunçao 45', Heitinga 77', Ramos 86', Simao 90', Javi García 92' / red cards: Perea 30', Van Nistelrooy 39'.

An action packed derby saw Real Madrid win 1-2 against Atlético Madrid thanks to a last second penalty. Bernd Schuster's side took the lead when Van Nistelrooy beat Leo Franco with less than a minute on the clock, and they could have gone further ahead when Franco pushed a shot from Sneijder on to the bar, and then when Van Nistelrooy had a goal disallowed for a borderline offside. Atlético's only replies were a couple of long shots from Pernía and Agüero which didn't trouble Casillas. Both teams were left with ten men before the break though, Perea getting sent off after lashing out at Sneijder, and Van Nistelrooy following him down the tunnel a few minutes later for an aggressive lunging tackle on Maniche.

Javier Aguirre's side improved after the restart, Banega, Forlán, Maniche and Agüero all failing to find the target, and Casillas diving low to keep out a long effort from Forlán. Higuaín and Van der Vaart came close at the other end, but Simao appeared to have saved a point for the locals when he equalised in the last minute of normal time with a well struck free kick. However the visitors were awarded a spot kick in the fifth minute of injury time after Heitinga brought down Drenthe, and Higuaín drilled a shot past Leo Franco to take his side up to second. Real had gotten the better of their rivals once again, taking their unbeaten run against them to 14 games.