First Division - Day 22

Zaragoza 3 - Rayo Vallecano 2

Zaragoza: Láinez; Rebosio (Komljenovic 49'), Aguado, Paco, Pablo; José Ignacio, Aragón, Toro Acuña; Jamelli (Juanele 86'), Vellisca (Garitano 91'); Milosevic. 4-3-2-1.
Rayo: Imanol Etxeberria; Alcázar, De Quintana, Mainz, Graff; Quevedo, Pablo Sanz (Glaucio 76'); Peragón, Michel, Baljic (Helder 67'); Bolic (Bolo 82'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: José Ignacio, Jamelli, Milosevic for Chainho, Galletti, Juanele / Rayo: Graff, Baljic for Ferrón, Arteaga.

0-1. 22. Bolic. Diving header from long cross in by Baljic on left wing.
1-1. 53. Toro Acuña. Shot into net after short indirect free kick inside area.
2-1. 66. Milosevic. Placed ball wide of keeper after José Ignacio pass.
3-1. 74. Milosevic. Took Jamelli pass and rounded keeper to score.
3-2. 85. Michel. Free kick from right of area which went in off post.

A triumphant return by Milosevic to Zaragoza, with the Yugoslavian striker scoring twice in the second half as his team beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2. Luis Costa took over once again as caretaker manager after Txetxu Rojo was fired last week, and he drafted his new signing straight in to a side that otherwise resembled his last year's line-up, with José Ignacio and Jamelli returning after failing to hold down a place in Rojo's side. They were up against a Rayo side that had gone six games without defeat though, and after Baljic had gone close with an early free kick, the visitors took the lead midway through the first half with a diving header from Bolic.

Zaragoza went in at the break feeling unlucky not to have scored, with Etxeberria saving from Acuña at point blank range and De Quintana and Graff clearing efforts from Pablo and Jamelli off the line. However a controversial decision by referee Téllez Sánchez early in the second half for a non-existent back pass gave the home side an indirect free kick inside the area which lead to Toro Acuña's equaliser, and Zaragoza were back in the game. And then Milosevic struck twice in eight minutes, the second from a possible offside position, to give his side an unassailable lead.

Michel did pull one back from a free kick with fifteen minutes to go, and for a while it looked as if they could get a point. But then the referee upset them again when he failed to spot a blatant foul by Milosevic, the striker sticking up a hand inside the penalty area to block another free kick near the end. Zaragoza took the three points to take them five points above the relegation spots, and the crowd went wild. So did Rayo in another sense of the word, and the players displayed a sign in the team coach afterwards saying that they had been victims of an armed robbery by the referee. Their good run has come to an end, but on this form they may well still save themselves.