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First Division - Day 23

Racing Santander 0 - Atlético Madrid 0

Racing: Toño; Alvaro, Torrejón, Bernardo, Cisma; Diop, Marcos Gullón; Arana (Acosta 58'), Adrián González (Munitis 68'), Jairo Samperio; Stuani (Babacar 83'). 4-2-3-1.
Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Perea, Domínguez, Filipe Luis; Tiago (Mario Suárez 43'), Gabi; Adrián, Diego, Arda Turan (Pizzi 69'); Falcao. 4-2-3-1.

Goals: None.

Yellow cards: Filipe Luis 21', Turan 22', Diop 31', Tiago 38', Stuani 49', Gabi 61', Acosta 85', Munitis 91'.

Favourable results elsewhere meant that Atlético Madrid are up to sixth place, despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Racing Santander on Saturday evening. Simeone's side must be wondering how they didn't take the three points though after dominating for virtually all the match, and hitting the woodwork two times. The reason though was largely because of Toño, who pulled off a string of excellent saves throughout the game, starting with a point blank header from Falcao early on. Before half time the visiting keeper frustrated Filipe Luis, Adrián and Turan, and Adrián and Turan also fired shots wide. Racing's only reply was a timid penalty appeal for hands by Gabi shortly before the break, and after the restart Adrián González tested Courtois (unbeaten now in six games) for the first and only time. Diego rattled the left post a few minutes later, and then came up against Toño again, Falcao firing the rebound against the right post with the goal at his mercy. And with the game in the dying minutes it was Toño again who made a couple more vital saves from Mario Suárez and Pizzi to give his side another point which takes them out of the bottom three pending Villarreal's match on Sunday. If they escape the drop this year they should build a monument to him!