OverviewThis rivalry got going in the 1998/99 campaign, after Villarreal had earned promotion to La Liga. El Submarí Groguet enjoyed early success against Atletico Madrid and managed to win their first ever meeting 2-1 at the Estadio de la Cerámica. They then backed that up with a 2-2 draw and a 4-3 triumph in their next two fixtures against Atleti.
Since then, the head-to-head has become much more even, with Los Rojiblancos claiming plenty of victories of their own. However, they failed to win in one of the biggest matches between these two. They met in a two-legged Intertoto Cup final in 2004 and after it finished 2-2 on aggregate, Villarreal secured the trophy on penalties.