First Division - Day 14

Sporting Gijón 2 - Atlético Madrid 5

Sporting: Cuéllar; Sastre, Gerard (Barral 58'), Iván Hernández, Canella; Matabuena, Camacho; Pedro (Luis Morán 70'), Carmelo (Kike Mateo 81'), Diego Castro; Bilic. 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Seitaridis, Heitinga, Ujfalusi, Pernía; Maxi, Paulo Assunçao, Maniche (Raúl García 67'), Simao; Agüero (Sinama-Pongolle 77'), Diego Forlán (Banega 82'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Sporting: No change / Atlético: No change.

1-0. 04. Bilic. Steered header past Leo Franco on far post from long Pedro corner.
1-1. 06. Agüero. Beat Cuéllar with acrobatic over head kick following Maxi cross.
1-2. 41. Agüero. Following up after Cuéllar spilled Forlán shot into his path.
1-3. 57. Forlán. Won ball off Iván Hernández and ran on to shoot past keeper.
2-3. 60. Barral. Picked up Bilic pass and cut in to fire long shot in to roof of net.
2-4. 72. Maxi. Ran on to Agüero square pass and stroked shot wide of keeper.
2-5. 81. Forlán. Beat offside trap to run on to through ball and shoot past Cuéllar.

Yellow cards: Matabuena 40', Simao 43', Seitaridis 52', Assunçao 57', Iván Hernández 63', Ujfalusi 74'.

Atlético Madrid moved up to fifth pending Sevilla's game on Sunday after hammering Sporting Gijón 2-5. Bilic headed the Asturians in to the lead in the fourth minute, but Agüero equalised almost immediately with an overhead kick. Forlán had a goal disallowed and Maxi and Seitaridis went close, and with four minutes to go to the break Agüero put his side ahead after ex Atlético keeper Cuéllar spilled a long shot from Forlán.

The rain started to fall as Simao brought a good save out of the local keeper, and Forlán took advantage of a hesitant defence to run through and score his team's third. Barral got another one back with a shot from the edge of the area just three minutes later, but Atleti dominated after that, Maniche and Simao shooting just wide and Forlán and Agüero testing Cuéllar again.

Soon afterwards Maxi put the game beyond Sporting's reach after a quick passing move involving Paulo Assunçao and Agüero, and Forlán rounded things off near the end, beating the offside trap to pick up Raúl García's through ball and shoot wide of the keeper again. A great result for Aguirre's side against a difficult opponent, and they are now only two points off the Champions League spots.