First Division - Day 8

Villarreal 4 - Atlético Madrid 4

Villarreal: Diego López; Javi Venta, Gonzalo, Godín, Capdevila; Cazorla (Cani 70'), Bruno, Marcos Senna, Pires (Mati Fernández 81'); Rossi, Llorente. 4-4-2.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Seitaridis (Antonio López 46'), Heitinga, Domínguez, Pernía; Paulo Assunçao (Raúl García 60'); Maxi, Maniche (Miguel 76'), Banega, Simao; Diego Forlán. 4-1-4-1.

Team changes: Villarreal: Cazorla for Cani / Atlético: Seitaridis, Domínguez, Maxi, Simao for Perea, Ujfalusi, Raúl García, Agüero.

0-1. 01. Simao. Took pass from Pernía and fired shot which went in off crossbar.
0-2. 22. Diego Forlán. Shot on turn after Gonzalo failed to clear Simao's cross.
1-2. 46. Senna. Shot from outside of area which went through keeper's hands.
2-2. 51. Llorente. Ran on to Rossi pass and fired angled shot wide of Leo Franco.
3-2. 57. Gonzalo. Shot from close up after Pires played on Capdevila cross.
4-2. 68. Rossi. Picked up Cazorla through ball and ran across area to score.
4-3. 83. Simao. Long run from midfield which ended with shot past Diego López.
4-4. 85. Raúl García. Guided header past keeper on far post from Simao free kick.

Yellow cards: Simao 15', Banega 18', 37', Senna 28', Maniche 43', Gonzalo 90' / red cards: Banega 37'.

For the second time this week the fans at the Madrigal stadium saw a feast of goals after Villarreal and Atlético Madrid drew 4-4. The visitors needed a result after league defeats against Sevilla, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and within a minute they were ahead after Simao fired a long shot which Diego López could only push on to the bar, the ball bouncing down over the line. And a few minutes later Simao left Gonzalo for dead before crossing in to the area, Godín's attempted clearance only falling as far as Diego Forlán who beat the keeper with a shot on the turn.

A few minutes before the interval though Banega got himself sent off for a second bookable offence, and within a minute of the restart the locals got one back when Leo Franco spilled a long shot from Marcos Senna in to the net. That opened the floodgates, and in the next twenty minutes Llorente, Gonzalo and Rossi added three more as the Atlético defence fell apart, a repeat of the four Pellegrini's side scored in the second half against Aalborg.

But Aguirre's side are always full of surprises, and once again they rallied, Simao getting his second of the night and then setting up Raúl García for the equaliser with a long free kick. An excellent night of football, and a great advert once again for La Liga.