La Liga: Real Madrid & Sevilla held to scoreless draws; Awful Atletico held by 9-man Mallorca


Sporting Gijon 0 – Real Madrid 0 (La Liga, October 24, 2009) Real Madrid dropped two points in the title race with a draw at Sporting Gijon as they failed to score for the first time this season.

Atletico Madrid 1 – Mallorca 1 (La Liga, October 24, 2009) A horrific penalty miss by Atletico forward Diego Forlan reflected the shocking form of the Rojiblancos as they took on Mallorca at home. The visitors, who had Josemi red-carding in the first half, then lost Ramis five minutes after the break for a handball in the box and on this occasion Diego Forlan converted from the spot. Incredibly Atletico were unable to wrap up the victory and in injury time Borja Valero claimed an equaliser by slipping an ugly shot between the keeper’s legs.

Sevilla 0 – Espanyol 0 (La Liga, October 24, 2009) The visitors had Nicolas Pareja sent off for a second bookable offence just before the hour mark and, after Diego Capel had missed a great chance for Sevilla, Espanyol could have snatched the points in injury-time, only for Jose Callejon to drill his shot wide.