Club Atlético de Madrid scored a last-gasp equaliser to draw a dramatic derby with Real Madrid CF 2-2 on Sunday.
Exchange of penalties
Visitors Atlético were celebrating for the first time on eleven minutes when Roberto Carlos was penalised for a foul in the area and Javi Moreno converted from the penalty spot. Almost immediately afterwards Iván Helguera was dismissed for a foul tackle. However, the ten Madrid men regrouped and Figo levelled on 33 minutes before scoring his second from the spot when Roberto Carlos himself was fouled on the stroke of half-time.
Both sides were down to ten men just after the hour when García Calvo was sent off for a second booking, but Figo had another penalty saved ten minutes from the end by Adrian Burgos - again after a foul on Roberto Carlos - and that proved a turning point. Atlético regrouped and levelled in the sixth minute of added time through Demetrio Albertini's free-kick, which came back off the woodwork and bounced in off the head of goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Second-placed Madrid are now three points behind leaders Real Sociedad.
Defenders save Deportivo
RC Deportivo La Coruña are still in touch with the leaders after a 2-1 win against Athletic Club Bilbao. Santiago Ezquerro put Athletic ahead three minutes into the second half, but Deportivo, beaten 3-1 last week by Atlético, levelled within two minutes though Donato. His fellow defender, Héctor, struck six minutes from time to ensure Deportivo hold fourth place, eight points behind Real.
Real Betis Balompié also left it late to shore up fifth place with a 1-0 win against struggling Real Racing Club Santander. Denilson scored the winner in stoppage time for Betis, who exited the Spanish Cup in midweek, to leave Racing just two points above the relegation zone in the week of the arrivals of new majority shareholder Dimitri Piterman.
Bottom side denied
RC Recreativo de Huelva, Betis's conquerors in midweek, saw a rare victory snatched from them with just ten minutes left against seventh-placed RCD Mallorca. Raúl Molina had put the league's bottom side ahead on 55 minutes, but with ten minutes left Walter Pandiani converted a penalty after Mariano Pernia tripped Alvaro Novo, to leave Recreativo still six points adrift of second-last side RCD Espanyol, who held Villarreal CF 0-0.
Club Atlético Osasuna are now two points clear of the bottom three after securing a late draw with Deportivo Alavés. Adrian Ilie had given Alaves a 40th-minute lead, but John Aloisi levelled three minutes from time to double Osasuna's advantage over Rayo Vallecano, who suffered their third straight home defeat, losing 1-0 against Real Valladolid, for whom Oscar Gonzalez scored the only goal on nine minutes.
However, there was no scoring in the Andalusian derby match between Sevilla FC and Málaga CF. The game was played in Xerez, as Sevilla's own Sánchez Pizjuán home was closed due to crowd disturbances in their recent derby with Betis. Málaga did come close three times in the first half-hour, but Dario Silva's 12th-minute strike was ruled out for offside and the visitors struck the woodwork twice.
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