|First Division - Day 34|
Zaragoza 2 - Athletic Bilbao 2
Láinez; Cuartero, Rebosio, Paco (Garitano 82'), Pablo; Aragón
(Marcos Vales 69'), Toro Acuña, José Ignacio; Galletti (Jamelli
58'), Juanele; Milosevic. 4-3-2-1.
Team changes: Zaragoza: Aragón for Komljenovic / Bilbao: Alkorta, Orbaiz, Ezquerro for Aitor Ocio, Alkiza, Gurpegui.
Zaragoza dropped further into trouble when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao. Victories for direct relegation rivals Tenerife, Rayo Vallecano and Osasuna leave the Aragón side down in next to bottom spot, and having gone eight games without a win they must now be one of the favourites to go down for the first time in 24 years. New manager Marcos Alonso had given them hope though, and a capacity 34,000 crowd up to cheer their side on. Once again they started badly, and Athletic could have taken the lead twice in the first five minutes. However a speculative shot by Aragón from well outside of the area through a packed goalmouth gave them the lead against the run of play, and their confidence started to come back. But then the doubts crept in again as Urzaiz levelled the scores with his fourth goal in five games, getting away from his marker Paco to beat Lainez from Yeste's long free kick.
Bilbao were looking to stop the rot after letting in thirteen goals in their last three games, and as the game wore on they started to believe that this could be the turning point. When Paco brought down Urzaiz in the penalty area and Larrazábal put them in front from the spot midway through the second half, Jupp Heynckes must have felt that the three points were in the bag. However in injury time the wily Jamelli worked free inside the area, and young full back Murillo fell into the trap. Alonso had drawn the 'get out of jail' card, and Milosevic stepped up to blast home the penalty kick and at least save a point. It may not be enough, but at least the fans went home relieved that they had salvaged something from the wreckage. Bilbao effectively drop two points, but the one they had left was enough to take them back above Alavés and Málaga up to seventh place, which should earn them a spot in the UEFA cup next season if they can hold on to it.