First Division - Day 25

Zaragoza 4 - Villarreal 1

Zaragoza: Lainez; Cuartero, Milito, Alvaro, Toledo; Galletti (Generelo 68'), Ponzio, Movilla, Cani; David Villa (Juanele 85'), Dani (David Pirri 77'). 4-4-2.
Villarreal: Reina; Belletti, Quique Alvarez, Ballesteros, Arruabarrena; Josico (Sonny Anderson 70'), Pedro Martí; Guayre, Riquelme, José Marí (Javi Venta 46'); Víctor (Coloccini 46'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Cuartero for Rebosio / Villarreal: Víctor for Sonny Anderson.

1-0. 03. Ponzio. Took pass from Cani and struck 30 yard shot past Reina.
2-0. 20. Cani. Following up after Dani's shot came back off post.
3-0. 38. Dani. Latched on to Cuartero's cross to fire shot past keeper.
3-1. 63. Riquelme (penalty). After Milito ruled to have pushed Ballesteros in area.
4-1. 78. David Villa. Got on the end of Cani's high cross to volley past Reina.

Villarreal manager Benito Floro surprisingly resigned after his side put in a disastrous performance, losing 4-1 to Zaragoza. The coach handed in his resignation saying that it was not worth carrying on as many of his players were not putting in the effort he expected of them, and he was replaced, temporarily at least, but assistant coach Paquito.

Floro's side found themselves behind in the third minute when Ponzio caught out Reina with a long shot, and Cani made it two soon afterwards after Dani's shot hit the post. The visitors were left with ten men when Quique Alvarez picked up a second booking, and when Dani got his first goal for his new club before the break after the defence failed to clear Cuartero's cross, the game appeared to be over.

Riquelme got one back from the penalty spot after the restart though, and numbers were evened up when Cuartero also got his marching orders after being booked for protesting the penalty decision. But David Villa finished things off with a spectacular volley, and could have got another near the end when he hit the post. Zaragoza move out of the relegation spots thanks to a marginally better goal average than Albacete.