First Division - Day 9

Atlético Madrid 2 - Mallorca 0

Atlético: Leo Franco; Antonio López, Perea, Heitinga, Pernía; Maxi, Paulo Assunçao, Maniche, Simao (Luis García 87'); Diego Forlán (Sinama-Pongolle 66'), Agüero (Raúl García 81'). 4-4-2.
Mallorca: Moyà (Lux 46'); Josemi, Ramis, David Navarro, Corrales; Martí (Webó 81'), Mario Suárez; Varela, Arango, Scaloni (Trejo 46'); Aduríz. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Atlético: Antonio López, Perea, Agüero for Seitaridis, Domínguez, Banega / Mallorca: Mario Suárez, Scaloni for Cléber Santana, Jurado.

1-0. 14. Agüero. Lobbed ball over Moyà after Forlán headed on Maniche pass.
2-0. 28. Agüero. Got on end of Antonio López cross to shoot low past keeper.

Yellow cards: Heitinga 38', Scaloni 42', Martí 69', Pernía 78', Josemi 81', Antonio López 90'.

Atlético Madrid are back to sixth in the table pending Sunday's games after beating Mallorca 2-0. Kun Agüero returned to the side after a brief rest to score both goals midway through the first half, the first with a lob over Moyà after Forlán had headed on Maniche's long ball, and the second from an Antonio López cross.

Before that though Aduríz had been pulled up for a more than dubious offside, and after the second goal Mario Suárez stung the hands of Leo Franco with a long shot. The visitors had to change their own keeper at the break, Moyà having to go off after injuring himself in a tussle with Heitinga, but his replacement Lux had little to do, Maxi and Sinama-Pongolle both failing to find the target the two times that the home side did get near to goal.

Leo Franco did have his work cut out in the second half however, the keeper saving well from Arango after an effort from Aduríz came back off the bar, and then stopping shots from Webó and Aduríz. But in the end the three points stayed at home, taking Aguiire's side back up to the European spots after a rough passage through the turbulent waters of the big four.