First Division - Day 24

Zaragoza 1 - Tenerife 1

Zaragoza: Láinez; Cuartero, Komljenovic, Aguado (Sundgren 12'), Pablo; Aragón, José Ignacio; Juanele (Galletti 60'), Jamelli (Drulic 60'), Vellisca; Milosevic. 4-2-3-1.
Tenerife: Sergio Aragoneses; Javi Venta, Alexis, Lussenhoff, Basavilbaso; Bassedas (Antonio Hidalgo 77'), Martí, Bino, Iván Ania; Bicho Fuertes (Jordi 70'), Bruno Marioni (Simutenkov 90'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Cuartero, Juanele for Paco, Toro Acuña / Tenerife: Alexis, Iván Ania for David Charcos, Xisco.

0-1. 39. Iván Ania. Headed Marioni's cross in on goal line.
1-1. 67. Galletti. Bundled ball into net from close range.

Tenerife bounced back with an impressive performance after their defeat last week, but left their opponents Zaragoza off the hook with a 1-1 draw. Rumours had it that Pepe Mel would be fired if his team lost again, but the visitors started strongly, with both Marioni and Fuertes missing two or three of the easiest chances with only a quarter of an hour gone. Zaragoza were missing the injured Toro Acuña and lost Aguado to a pulled muscle early on, and apart from a free kick from Aragón which keeper Aragoneses punched clear they offered nothing in return. The Tenerife strikers though still couldn't find their way to goal, and it took a midfielder Iván Ania to show them how to do it, heading home a long cross from Marioni almost on the goal line.

The Zaragoza players were booed off by their fans at half time, but it was more of the same after the restart, Láinez keeping his side in the game with point blank saves from Marioini and Fuertes. Costa finally brought on Galletti and Drulic on the hour mark, the Yugoslav striker making his debut after a season long injury, and things started to improve at last. Milosevic sent a header just wide, and then Galletti struck the equaliser after an earlier shot was blocked. Pepe Mel started to despair, and Zaragoza almost sneaked an undeserved victory when Milosevic's lob just cleared the crossbar with the keeper beaten. Tenerife at least move off the bottom spot above Real Sociedad, but they missed a good opportunity to drag their opponents down into the relegation battle.