First Division - Day 5

Zaragoza 0 - Betis 1

Zaragoza: Lainez; Rebosio (Cuartero 70'), Milito, Alvaro, Toledo; Soriano, Ponzio (Drulic 74'); Galletti (Corona 65'), Cani, Savio; David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Contreras; Varela, Juanito, Lembo, Luis Fernández; Marcos Assunçao, Arzu; Joaquín, Fernando (Ito 85'), Denilson (Ismael 46'); Palermo (Capi 56'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Lainez, Cani for Valbuena, Jesús / Betis: Juanito for Rivas.

0-1. 81. Assunçao. Bent long free kick into net off far post.

Betis moved up to eighth in the table with a single goal victory over Zaragoza, who drop back down into the relegation zone. It was a bitter blow for the locals, who once again were on top for much of the game but could not finish. For the first half hour the visitors found themselves pegged back in their own half, and it was only when the pressure slackened off that they could come forward. However they looked the sharper side when they did, Arzu shooting just wide and Villa clearing off the line from Juanito with the keeper beaten.

Visiting manager Víctor Fernández surprisingly took off Denilson at the break and replaced striker Palermo soon afterwards, but the introduction of Ismael and Capi gave them more body in attack. But neither side got very close until ten minutes from the end, when the Andalucians were awarded a hotly disputed free kick ten yards outside of the area for a supposed foul on Joaquín. When dead ball specialist Marcos Assunçao stepped up to take the kick the local players protested that the Brazilian should have temporarily gone off the field of play as he had been attended to by the medical staff during the stoppage. But referee Losantos Omar waved away their appeals, and Assunçao stepped up to strike an unstoppable shot past Lainez and in off the post.

Savio tried to do the same at the other end a few minutes later but he didn't have his fellow countryman's skill, and soon afterwards the match ended. For the second away match in a row following the visit to Celta, Víctor Fernández had beaten one of his old sides. The fans pardoned him though, and he was signing autographs long after the match ended.