First Division - Day 25

Atlético Madrid 4 - Barcelona 3

Atlético: Leo Franco; Heitinga, Pablo, Ujfalusi, Antonio López; Maxi (Sinama-Pongolle 66'), Paulo Assunçao, Raúl García (Maniche 78'), Simao; Agüero, Diego Forlán (Banega 90'). 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Daniel Alves, Márquez, Puyol, Sylvinho (Martín Cáceres 78'); Xavi, Touré Yaya, Gudjohnsen; Messi, Eto'o, Henry. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Atlético: Heitinga, Maxi, Agüero for Perea, Pernía, Maniche / Barcelona: Puyol, Sylvinho, Gudjohnsen for Piqué, Abidal, Keita.

0-1. 18. Henry. Picked up ball outside area and curled shot wide of Leo Franco.
0-2. 30. Messi. Took Henry pass and ran on past two defenders to score.
1-2. 32. Forlán. Fired shot over head of Víctor Valdés from outside of area.
2-2. 55. Agüero. Ran on to Raúl García's headed pass to shoot past keeper.
2-3. 73. Henry. Ran ball in to net from close up after Gudjohnsen passed across.
3-3. 80. Forlán (penalty). After Henry pushed over Sinama-Pongolle inside area.
4-3. 89. Agüero. Picked up Maniche return pass and fired angled shot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Heitinga 46', Raúl García 48', Dani Alves 56', Assunçao 66', Messi 92'.

Atlético Madrid came back twice to beat leaders Barcelona 4-3 in a thrilling match on Sunday evening. The home side felt themselves unlucky not to be ahead in the fourth minute when Heitinga bundled the ball in to the net only to be ruled offside incorrectly by referee González Vázquez. But a few minutes later Henry latched on to a loose ball to open the scoring for the visitors, and on the half hour mark Messi made a difficult play look east to score his side's second.

Forlán got one back soon afterwards though with a long shot over the head of Víctor Valdés, and Agüero equalised shortly after the break. Agüero had a penalty claim turned down and Forlán missed a sitter, but once again Henry restored the lead after a generous pass from Gudjohnsen.

Valdés had to be on his toes to keep out an Agüero header a few minutes later, but with ten minutes to go Forlán made it all square again from the penalty spot after Henry pushed over Sinama. And with the game coming to an end Agüero battled past Puyol and drilled a low shot wide of the keeper to take the three points. It was a fourth match without a win for Pep Guardiola's side, who have dropped eight points on Real Madrid in the last three weeks. Atlético themselves move up to fifth.