|First Division - Day 13|
Valladolid 2 - Zaragoza 0
Torres Gómez, Ricchetti, Peña, Tena, Marcos; Eusebio (Fernando
65'), Jesús, Oscar; Tote, Cuauhtèmoc Blanco. 5-3-2.
Team changes: Valladolid: Eusebio, Cuauhtèmoc Blanco for Santamaría, Luis García / Zaragoza: No change.
Valladolid moved up to the top half of the table with one of their best performances of the season, defeating Zaragoza in the Nuevo Zorrilla stadium. It was an open and fast flowing game, with play switching from end to end and both keepers called upon to show their form (Valladolid's keeper Ricardo was in fact presented with a plaque by his club before the match in honour of his debut with the full Spanish side midweek). Mexico's Cuauhtèmoc Blanco missed that match under circumstances yet to be fully explained, but put he put that behind him as he teamed up with Tote to cause problems for the visiting defence, forcing a good save out of Juanmi from a free kick and then opening the scoring from the penalty spot after Aguado bumped into Jesús in the penalty area.
Referee Pérez Burrull upset Txetxu Rojo's side disallowing a goal by Yordi soon afterwards, but made up for it after the break turning down another penalty appeal by the home side when Paco brought down Tote. Zaragoza's best moments were either side of half time, with a series of shots peppering Ricardo's goal, but the home side extended the lead through substitute Fernando only minutes after he had replaced Eusebio. The visitors were reduced to ten men for the last five minutes when their captain Aguado picked up a second yellow card for mocking the referee, kneeling in adoration of one of his controversial decisions. It summed up the day for the Aragonés side, and they ended the weekend in thirteenth place, a point behind their opponents.