First Division - Day 16

Zaragoza 0 - Alavés 2

Zaragoza: Juanmi; Rebosio, Aguado, Paco, Esquerdinha (Galletti 60'); Toro Acuña, José Ignacio; Marcos Vales, Juanele (Bilic 60'), Vellisca; Yordi. 4-2-3-1.
Alavés: Herrera; Kanu, Coloccini, Téllez, Llorens; Turiel, Pablo; Astudillo, Mara (Jordi Cruyff 85'), Ibon Begoña; Rubén Navarro (Vucko 72'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: No change / Alavés: Kanu, Mara for Geli, Magno.

0-1. 34. Rubén Navarro. Got on end of long cross from Astudillo to push into net.
0-2. 48. Rubén Navarro. Pulled down long pass from Pablo and lobbed keeper.

Leaders Alavés moved two points clear at the top of the table with a 0-2 victory at Zaragoza. The last time the Vitoria based side were defending the leadership was in the 1930/1 season, and they lost that game 7-1. This time they were not going to let that happen, and Mané picked a defensive line up, with Christopher, younger brother of Arsenal's Kanu, making his first start in place of the injured Geli, and with Jordi Cruyff not yet fully fit and Magno suspended, Mara came in as well to the side. Mané's plan was to let their opponents come at them at first, and Téllez and then Herrera had to stop efforts from Zaragoza's biggest threat, Toro Acuña. Soon after referee Carmona Méndez pulled a muscle in his leg and had to be replaced by fourth referee Méndez Nuñez as José Ignacio missed another easy chance for the local team.

The Vitoria based side can be lethal on the counterattack though, and after Mara went close, Rubén Navarro put them ahead getting in front of Paco to turn a long cross from the right past Juanmi. And then only three minutes after half time Navarro got his second of the night, controlling Pablo's long pass with a great first touch to lob over Juanmi. It was the 'Glorioso' at their best, and the goal was unanimously proclaimed as the goal of the week by the local media services. The rest was second nature for the visitors, wagons in a circle and hold on to the end, and the match ended with the local fans booing their side for their poor performance. But they were beaten by the better side, and Alavés win at the Romareda stadium and lead the pack for the second week in a row, two new firsts for the team that keeps on surprising us week after week.