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Primera División

  • September 26, 2010
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 35000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 6'
    The referee blows his whistle in the sixth minute of inury time and 10-man Atletico Madrid hold on for a hard-fought 1-0 home win over hapless Zaragoza. So, Atleti continue their impressive start to the season, while Zaragoza, on the other hand, remain rock bottom of the table and look to be in real trouble this season. Good night from me, and remember to stay with us here at for all the reaction to tonight's match.
  • 90' + 5'
    Contini is all over Aguero and is lucky to get away with the foul as the diminutive Argentinian would have been through on goal.
  • 90' + 4'
    Yellow Card Matteo Contini
  • 90' + 3'
    Atletico win the ball right back, however, and go on a counter attck of their own, which ends with Mario Suarez dragging a low shot wide of Doblas' right-hand post.
  • 90' + 2'
    Aguero wastes a free-kick down by the touchline and Zaragoza take possession and break forward.
  • 90'
    There will be five minutes of added on time. Can Atletico hang on or will Zaragoza snatch a late equaliser?
  • 90'
    Assuncao embarks on a longbursting run up the the right-hand side and receives a rousing round of applause for his heroic efforts.
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Juan Valera
  • 87'
    But no! The Uruguayan bravely rejoins the fray to try and help his side secure the win. Godin puts the team above his own well being - a move which delights the home fans.
  • 86'
    Godin is stretchered from the field. And with Atletico having used all three substitutions, this may leave them facing a nervy final five minutes with nine men.
  • 84'
    Godin is down injured and looks to be holding his right knee in absolute anguish. The injury appears to have come as a result of a superb block he made to deny Ander Herrera.
  • 82'
    Juan Valera replaces the impressive Diego Costa as Quique Sanchez Flores looks to tighten up at the back for the final ten minutes. A sensible move when you consider his side are down to ten men and hold a precarious one-goal lead.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionDiego Costa Juan Valera
  • 79'
    De Gea makes another solid save, diving to his right to grasp Gabi's -long-range drive. De Gea has not been forced into any spectacular saves but has been more than equal to everything Zaragoza have thrown at him.
  • 76'
    Simao almosts takes advantage of great work by Aguero, but the Portuguese tries to be too cute and rolls the ball into the side netting.
  • 75'
    Sergio Aguero is introduced to the action in place of the disappointing Forlan. The Uruguayan has not made a great start to the 2010-11 season and appears to be suffering from something of a World Cup hangover.
  • 74'
    Substitute Bertolo goes down in the box under pressure from Perea but the referee waves play on. That could easily have been given. The Colombian defender will have to be more careful than that.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionDiego Forlán Sergio Agüero
  • 74'
    Substitute Bertolo goes down in the box under pressure from Perea but the referee waves play on. That could easily have been given. The Colombian defender will have to be more careful than that.
  • 71'
    SUPERB GOALKEEPING! Doblas beats Godin's powerful header off the line, after the Uruguayan central defender rose highest to meet Simao's in swinging corner.
  • 70'
    It's defnitely a corner this time as Jarosik dives to head Diego Costa's dangerous cross to safety.
  • 68'
    Another poor decision by the referee. Simao knocked the ball off Jarosik on the by-line to earn his side a corner, but the man in the middle appears to have misplaced his contact lenses as he awards a goalkick.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMaurizio Lanzaro Nicolás Bertolo
  • 65'
    FINE STOP! De Gea flies to his right to touch Gabi's low drive around the post for a corner. This boy looks unbeatable.
  • 63'
    Mario Suarez replaces Tiago, who has received a booking, in what appears to be a safety precaution by Quique Sanchez Flores as the match begins to turn ugly.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionTiago Mario Suárez
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Sergio Agüero
  • 60'
    RED CARD! Jose Antonio Reyes is shown a straight red card for a forearm smash into Contini's back.
  • 60'
    Red Card Reyes
  • 60'
    Zaragoza eventually take the kick after a re-take but the ball is blasted into the wall of players by Perez.
  • 59'
    Yellow Card David de Gea
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Álvaro Domínguez
  • 57'
    A crazy call from the referee who awards an indirect free-kick for a backpass when all Tiago has actually done is win the ball. Zaragoza have a free-kick 7 yards from goal.
  • 56'
    So wasteful! Lafita fires a free-kick straight into the wall and wastes yet another dangerous set-piece opportunity.
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Paulo Assunçao
  • 54'
    Ander Herrera wins a free-kick in a dangerous position after he is hauled to the ground by Assuncao, who receives a booking for the foul.
  • 51'
    Diego Forlan is cutting a very frustrated figure up front as the Zaragoza midfielders and defenders have worked tirelessly to limit the supply to Atleti's danger man.
  • 48'
    Zaragoza have gone to a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation in an attacking move to try and force their way back into this match. Coach Gay will be hoping that Sinama-Pongolle will help turn the game in his side's favour.
  • 46'
    Zaragoza coach Jose Aurelio Gay has made a change at the interval, replacing Kevin with Florent Sinama-Pongolle.
  • 46'
    The second half begins!
  • 46'
    SubstitutionKevin Florent Sinama-Pongolle
  • 45' + 3'
    The referee blows his whistle for half-time. The home side hold a one goal lead at the break thanks to Brazilian Diego Costa. Atleti were much the better side for most of the half, but Zaragoza did manage to force their way into game in the final ten minutes. Join us at 22.00 CET for the second half to find out if Atletico can add to their lead of if Zaragoza can continue their mini revivial.
  • 45' + 2'
    Simao almost picks out Diego Costa with a superb ball over the top, but Contini is strong in defence and muscles the Brazilian out of it and the ball runs behind for a goalkick.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Maurizio Lanzaro
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Tiago
  • 45'
    Zaragoza win their first corner of the evening in the final minute of the half but Lafita is wasteful again and overhits the flagkick.
  • 44'
    Lafita drives a disappointing free-kick straight into the wall and wastes a rare goalscoring opportunity for the away side.
  • 41'
    Zaragoza are having a sustained spell of possession with Kevin and Gabi knocking the ball about in midfield without really getting anywhere.
  • 38'
    Yellow Card L. Perea
  • 38'
    De Gea is called into action again and dives to his left and catches an awkwardly dipping Jarosik 30-yard strike. A strong save by the young goalkeeper.
  • 38'
    Perea is cautioned for a shoulder barge on Ponzio.
  • 36'
    GREAT SAVE! Substitute goalkeeper Doblas makes himself big and denies Costa a second goal with a great save. Costa was one-on-one with the goalkeeper and really ought to have done better.
  • 35'
    Diego Costa bursts down the right wing, but Jiri Jarosik is in the right place at the right time and clears Costa's low centre up the field to safety.
  • 32'
    Reyes is really in the mood and humiliates Obradovic with several drag backs and stepovers, which really gets the home fans on their feet.
  • 30'
    David De Gea rushes from his line to grab the ball from the inrushing Perez for what is his first meaningful touch of the ball.
  • 28'
    Doblas gets his first touch of the ball and his roundly booed by the Vicente Calderon crowd. A stark contract to the warm round of applause given to the man he replaced, who was a fans' favourite in his spell here with los Rojiblancos.
  • 26'
    SubstitutionLeo Franco Toni Doblas
  • 26'
    Leo Franco has failed to shake off his aforementioned injury and has to be replaced between the sticks by Toni Doblas.
  • 25'
    Leonardo Ponzio is kicked by Filipe, who is lucky to escape without a booking.
  • 23'
    Zaragoza make their first real venture forward but Tiago mops up the danger with consumate ease.
  • 20'
    Assist Filipe Luis
  • 20'
    GOAL! ATLETICO! DIEGO COSTA bundles the ball into an empty net after the impressive Filipe cut the ball back for his fellow Brazilian. Filipe made another lung bursting run forward from left-back and is having a fine match.
  • 20'
    Goal Diego Costa
  • 19'
    Leo Franco appeaes to have picked up a slight knock and is unable to take goalkicks. His central defenders have taken over those duties in the meantime.
  • 18'
    Yellow Card Leonardo Ponzio
  • 18'
    Ponzio is cautioned for a late tackle on Simao.
  • 16'
    Filipe is seeing a lot of the ball and strides onto a crossfield pass and unleashes a powerful drive which has Leo Franco scrambling across the face of the goal. The shot flashes just wide of the post, to the Zaragoza goalkeeper's relief.
  • 13'
    It's has been a scrappy start and Assuncao gives away another foul in midfield, forcing Kevin to the ground with a push.
  • 12'
    Diego Costa appears to be trying too hard and knocks Kevin off the ball with a powerful barge which only succeeds in giving away a free-kick.
  • 10'
    Atletico are playing patient football, knocking the ball along their defensive line in order to draw Zaragoza out of position. The away side are remaining disciplined, however.
  • 7'
    Reyes cleverly knocks the ball through Obradovic's legs and wins a corner. Lovely invention from the winger.
  • 5'
    Filipe makes a strong run down the left hand side but his cross is plucked out of the air by former Atleti goalkeeper Leo Franco with complete ease.
  • 3'
    Reyes goes on a mazy dribble on the right-hand side but is penalised for a foul and looks exasperated as he clearly feels he was the player who was fouled.
  • 1'
    Kick-off! Atletico Madrid take centre and get the action underway.
  • Team news: Atletico Madrid's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero is not yet fit enough to start and takes a place on the substitutes bench.
  • Hello and welcome to's live coverage of this evening's La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza at the Vicente Calderon. Jose Aurelio Gay's Zaragoza are currently rooted to the bottom of the table and will surely be content with a point this evening. Atletico, however, are aiming for Champions League qualification and will be going all out to secure the win. The game is about to kick-off, so stay tuned to to follow the action in what promises to be an intriguing encounter.