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Primera División

  • October 31, 2010
  • • 18:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 35000

Live Commentary

  • It's full-time here and Atletico only manage a 1-1 draw at home to battling Almeria. The result does los Rojiblancos European hopes little good but could prove to be a valuable point for Almeria. It's goodbye from here but remember to stay with us here at for all your post match reaction.
  • 90' + 4'
    Aguero puts the ball against the wall and behind for a corner which comes to nothing and the referee brings the game to a halt.
  • 90' + 3'
    Aguero goes on a sensational dribble and wins a free-kick right on the edge of the box with seconds remaining. Can they score?
  • 90' + 1'
    We are one minute into three minutes of added on time.
  • 90'
    Aguero fires what feels like his umpteenth weak shot straight at Diego Alves, who grasps the ball with ease.
  • 88'
    Not with efforts like that they won't. Substitute Raul Garcia blasts a shot miles over the crossbar from wide on the left. A crazy effort, really.
  • 86'
    Just four minutes left for Atletico to grab a winner. Can they do it...
  • 84'
    SubstitutionPablo Piatti José Ortiz
  • 84'
    Aguero drags a shot wide of Diego Alves' upright and the Almeria goalkeeper uses the opportunity to take his time and delay the goalkick. He's already been booked for time wasting and will have to watch what he's doing.
  • 84'
    Aguero drags a shot wide of Diego Alves' upright and the Almeria goalkeeper uses the opportunity to take his time and delay the goalkick. He's already been booked for time wasting and will have to watch what he's doing.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionTiago Raúl García
  • 82'
    Piatti eventually has to be replaced by club captain Jose Ortiz. It's a major loss for Almeria.
  • 80'
    Pablo Piatti leaves the field with an injury after pulling up injured after releasing a pass.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionM'Bami Leonardo Ulloa
  • 78'
    M'Bami is replaced by Ulloa as Almeria make a change.
  • 76'
    SO CLOSE! Simao sends a swirling free-kick into the danger area and Carlos Garcia flicks the ball behind his own goal with a back header. It wasn't far away from nestling in his own net, however.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card L. Perea
  • 74'
    The game is starting to get a little niggly as Luis Perea adds his name to those in the referee'sbook as he is booked for cynical foul on Albert Crusat.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionDiego Forlán Diego Costa
  • 73'
    Diego Costa replaces Diego Forlan and within a minute of coming on, the Brazilian dives to try and win a penalty but the referee is having none of it. Good officiating.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Diego Alves
  • 72'
    Diego Alves is cautioned for timewasting as he delays taking a goalkick.
  • 71'
    Atletico appear to be growing increasingly frustrated here.
  • 69'
    Diego Alves makes another fine catch to pluck a Filipe Luis cross out of the sky. The Brazlian goalkeeper has been a real safe pair of hands tonight.
  • 68'
    WWHOOOOAAAA! Paulo Assuncao almost puts his shot into orbit as he strides on to a loose ball and blasts a shot high, wide and not very handsome.
  • 66'
    Substitute Vargas has a decent chance to give his side the lead but totally miscues his volley from the edge of the Atletico box.
  • 64'
    Alvaro Dominguez makes another crucial intervention. This time he blocks a Piatti shot after the Almeria winger worked the space for a shot with a neat nutmeg on Filipe Luis.
  • 63'
    Substitution: Fabian Vargas replaces Corona for Almeria.
  • 62'
    SubstitutionCorona Fabián Andrés Vargas
  • 62'
    Michel breaks forward from his right-back berth and links up with Piatti before crashing a shot into the side-netting. He should've probably done a little better there.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Tiago
  • 60'
    Tiago is rightly cautioned for a cynical foul on Pablo Piatti. The Portuguese slides on on Piatti from behind and brings his run to a shuddering halt.
  • 59'
    Domnguez is proving to be tower of strength at the back for Atletico. The defender repels an Almeria long ball with a commanding header.
  • 57'
    Howls of derision sound around the Vicente Calderon as Simao overhits a pass for Forlan. The Uruguayan also shakes his head in frustration.
  • 55'
    GREAT SAVE! Diego Alves throws up an arm to flick Tiago's side-footed effort over the bar after Aguero had worked the ball onto his team-mate with some delightful play.
  • 54'
    Simao takes advantage if slack play by M'Bami and breaks down the left and wins a throw in a dangerous position.
  • 52'
    Diego Alves is proving unbeatable as he grasps Sergio Aguero's curling effort. Forlan was inches away from deflecting the ball past the goalkeeper but may have been offside in any case.
  • 51'
    Atletico have made a strong start to the seonc half. They look intent on quickly re-taking the lead.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Michel
  • 49'
    Amazingly it's almost an exact re-run two minutes later as Simao curls a low free-kick towards the bottom corner, but Diego Alves flies to his right and pushes the ball to safety.
  • 47'
    Forlan and Simao work an early chance with a clever one-two. Simao strides into the box and fires a shot at goal but Diego Alves punches the ball way to safety with a double-handed fist.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionReyes Fran Mérida
  • 46'
    The second half begins. Almeria restart proceedings.
  • 45' + 1'
    The referee blows for half-time to bring a dramatic first-half to a conclusion. The sides go in level at half-time, stay with us here on to find out if the second half is as entertaining as the first.
  • 45'
    Assist Hernán Bernardello
  • 45'
    Goal Pablo Piatti
  • 45'
    GGOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! EQUALISER! Pablo Piatti lets the ball bounce then smahes a shot past De Gea and into the net off the post. A wonderful piece of skill by Piatti.
  • 44'
    SENSATIONAL SAVE! Uche unleashes a ferocious drive from 25 yards but De Gea throws up an arm to turn the ball behind for a corner.
  • 42'
    Two chances in the space of 30 seconds for both teams. First, Reyes has a left-footed drive pushed to safety by Diego Alves, then Uche meets Piatti's cross with a diving header which De Gea catches with ease.
  • 41'
    Almeria are temporarily down to 10 men as Acasiete leaves the field for treatment.
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Álvaro Domínguez
  • 39'
    Corner to Atletico Madrid. Simao takes, but the referee blows for a foul and cautions Alvaro Dominguez for leading with his elbow in an aerial joust with Acasiete.
  • 37'
    Forlan almost turns provider with an intelligent left-footed cross for Simao, who heads over the crossbar under pressure from Acasiete and Carlos Garcia. Forlan is popping up everywhere at the moment.
  • 35'
    A wave of relief seems to have come over the Vicente Calderon as the home side eventually found a way past a desperate Almeria defence.
  • 33'
    Assist Reyes
  • 33'
    Goal Sergio Agüero
  • 33'
    GGGOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Sergio Aguero taps home from close range. Diego Alves can only parry Reyes' header right to the Argentinian striker around one yard from goal and Aguero can't miss.
  • 32'
    Another strong save from Diego Alves. This time Filipe Luis races to the by-line and expertly pulls the ball back for Forlan, who fires a first-time effort at goal, but the Almeria custodian smothers the chance.
  • 30'
    SO CLOSE! Uche beats De Gea with a low, left-footed strike but the ball cannons off the postand rebounds to safety.
  • 28'
    It really is blink and you'd miss it action here. This is a fascinating encounter.
  • 26'
    Carlos Garcia isn't messing around there. The Almeria centre-half races across the pitch and slides in to dispossess Simao. Great tackle.
  • 24'
    Wow! The match is really being played at a break-neck pace and Forlan is only inches away from racing onto Reyes' intelligent angled pass. If the Uruguayan had reached the pass he would have been right through on goal.
  • 23'
    It's end to end action here and Forlan headers straight at Diego Alves as the play swings back to the opposite end.
  • 21'
    MILES OVER! Corona accepts a neat lay-off from Albert Crusat but unleashes a wild effort that flies high over the crossbar.
  • 19'
    Not too far away! Aguero works a bit of space on the edge of the box but his left-footed effort is always going away from goal and finishes just past the upright.
  • 17'
    GREAT SAVE! The free-kick eventaully finds its way to Diego Forlan, who does superbly well to cut back for the in-rushing Sergio Aguero. But the diminutive frontman's low strike is superbly blocked by Almeria goalkeeper Diego Alves
  • 16'
    Atletico have a free-kick deep inside the Almeria half after Reyes is inceremoniously fouled by Ortiz.
  • 14'
    Ujfalusi now finds time to make a forward burst and gets down the right with a marauding run but his low centre is confidently cleared to safety by Acasiette.
  • 12'
    The visitors are starting to find a way into the match and Argentinian wide-man Pablo Piatti goes on a mazy dribble but he can't find a way past Tomas Ujfalusi.
  • 10'
    A flowing Atletico move comes to an end when M'Bami steps in to break up the play, with a fair challenge this time. The Cameroonian midfielder's presence could be the key to Almeria gaining a foothold in this match.
  • 9'
    Modeste M'Bami is starting put himself about in the centre of midfield and is penalised for a foul on Simao.
  • 7'
    The home side are swarming all over their visitors in a fantastic start to the match. Almeria have hardly been out of their half so far.
  • 5'
    Jose Antonio Reyes blasts a low free-kick into a crowd of players and the ball comes atright back to him. He drops a shoulder and floats past Ortiz but his low centre is put behind for a corner which comes to nothing.
  • 3'
    Atletico have made an electric start and Forlan fires wide less than a minute after his last strike after a Simao corner found its way to him on the egde of the box.
  • 2'
    Great chance! Diego Forlan is in lots of space on the left and lobs a measured effort inches wide of Alves' goal. It really should have been 1-0 already.
  • 1'
    And we're off!
  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE coverage of the La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Almeria from the Vicente Calderon. Atletico are looking for victory to put themselves back in and around the Champions League places, while Almeria need to win to push away from the relegation zone. This promises to be an intriguing encounter. Kick off is just under five minutes away, stay with us for all the action as it happens...