First Division - Day 23

Zaragoza 5 - Oviedo 2

Zaragoza: Juanmi; Gurenko, Aguado, Paco, Lanna (Cuartero 53'); José Ignacio, Toro Acuña; Juanele, Jamelli (Aragón 82'8), Vellisca; Esnaider (Yordi 60'). 4-2-3-1.
Oviedo: Esteban; Keita, Danjou, Gaspar (Rabarivony 55'), Boris; Amieva (Jaime 46'), Onopko, Tomic, Iván Ania (Juan González 46'); Paunovic; Oli. 4-4-1-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Esnaider for Montenegro / Oviedo: Boris for Rabarivony.

1-0. 07. José Ignacio. Header on near post after Acuña corner from left.
2-0. 24. Esnaider (penalty). After Boris ruled to have handled deliberately.
2-1. 33. Danjou. With knee at second attempt after corner from right.
3-1. 38. Vellisca. Took pass from right and fired past keeper.
4-1. 45. Esnaider. Long speculative shot from left after spotting keeper off line.
5-1. 61. Acuña. Curled long shot over Esteban from 30 metres out.
5-2. 69. Jaime. Through keeper's legs after Paunovic first shot saved.

Zaragoza were involved in the second seven goal match in a row at their Romareda stadium. Two weeks ago they beat Rayo Vallecano 6-1, and they went on here to win 5-2 against Oviedo to move up to the top half of the table and keep up their challenge for a spot in Europe. Esnaider returned to the side after an injury and once more he was their inspiration, fighting for everything, having a hand in the goals and scoring two himself, including his second which was voted the goal of the day by the media, a 40 yard shot from out on the left wing after seeing Esteban off his line. The second best of the day also came from this game, Toro Acuña not wanting to be outdone by his team mate also bending one past Esteban from some 35 yards. But the goal that hit the headlines was neither of those, but the strike by Danjou just after the half hour mark to make the scoreline 2-1. It was a scrappy goal, but signified Oviedo's first away goal of the season after 10 games without scoring, a record total of 933 minutes.

Oviedo were not actually playing badly, but finding themselves three behind at the break Radomir Antic decided to make a couple of changes. Having left his new signing Collymore at home until he fully acclimatises himself, he decided to bring on Jaime and Juanchi González, a player who was due to leave the club at the start of the season and who has not made an appearance to date. Things settled down after that and Jaime even pulled another goal back, although to be fair to Zaragoza they had taken their foot off the accelerator by then and decided to take it easy. Antic said after the match that this was the best that his side had played away from home and criticised referee Fernández Marín for awarding the penalty and the free kick leading to the first goal, and for disallowing a third goal for a dubious offside. However the fact is they are now down in sixteenth place having lost three games in a row, albeit only six points behind seventh placed Rayo.