First Division - Day 30

Deportivo 1 - Atlético Madrid 2

Deportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Lopo, Pablo Amo, Filipe Luis; Juan Rodríguez, De Guzmán; Lafita (Bodipo 70'), Valerón, Guardado; Lassad (Pablo Alvarez 74'). 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Leo Franco; Heitinga, Ujfalusi, Pablo, Antonio López (Pernía 84'); Maxi, Paulo Assunçao, Raúl García, Simao; Agüero (Banega 77'), Diego Forlán (Sinama-Pongolle 87'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Deportivo: Juan Rodríguez, Valerón for Ze Castro, Verdú / Atlético: Heitinga, Antonio López, Maxi for Perea, Pernía, Sinama-Pongolle.

0-1. 45. Agüero. Picked up Forlán return pass and ran on to clip shot past keeper.
0-2. 69. Simao. Took Raúl García pass and ran through to shoot wide of Aranzubia.
1-2. 87. Bodipo. Got on the end of long Guardado free kick to head in on far post.

Yellow cards: Pablo 10', Pablo Amo 31', Maxi 34', Heitinga 41', Juan Rodríguez 56', Assunçao 62', Pernía 86'.

Atlético Madrid bounced back from last week's defeat against Osasuna, beating Deportivo 1-2 to return to the top six. The visitors dominated the first half, with Maxi bringing a good save out of Aranzubia and Simao shooting just wide, and on the stroke of half time Agüero put them ahead after picking up a return pass from Diego Forlán.

Atlético kept up the momentum after the restart, Maxi crashing a shot against the bar and Agüero forcing Aranzubia in to another good save. And with twenty minutes to go Simao held off his marker to run through and score a second, his side's 4,000th goal in the league in all their history.

Depor finally woke up after that though, with substitute Pablo Alvarez shooting just wide and then testing Leo Franco for the first time. The visiting keeper was in action again though soon afterwards to keep out Juan Rodríguez, and with three minutes to go Bodipo headed one back after Guardado's free kick bounced past everyone.

There was still time for Juan Rodríguez to hit the foot of the post, but it was a disappointing defeat for the Galicians against a direct rival for the European spots. They ended the weekend three points behind their opponents in the table.