First Division - Day 32

Zaragoza 0 - Valencia 1

Zaragoza: Lainez; Cuartero, Alvaro, Milito, Toledo; Cani (Drulic 73'), Ponzio (Generelo 73'), Movilla, Savio; David Villa, Dani (Galletti 65'). 4-4-2.
Valencia: Cañizares; Curro Torres, Ayala, Pellegrino, Carboni; Sissoko (Baraja 48'), Albelda; Jorge López (Rufete 87'), Angulo, Vicente; Mista (Xisco 78'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Toledo, Cani for David Pirri, Galletti / Valencia: Marchena, Sissoko, Jorge López, Angulo for Pellegrino, Baraja, Rufete, Juan Sánchez.

0-1. 70. Angulo. Got on end of Jorge López free kick to head past Lainez.

Valencia took advantage of Real Madrid's defeat to move two points clear at the top of the table with their sixth league win in a row, a 0-1 victory over Zaragoza. Despite a string of injuries and an important UEFA cup tie next week, Rafa Benítez put out his strongest available side, with Angulo joining Mista up front and only Baraja given a rest out of his first choice players. And they could have taken the lead before the break, with local keeper Lainez saving well from Angulo on the half hour mark and then keeping out a Carboni free kick close to half time.

Zaragoza came back after the restart, with Cañizares saving from Movilla and Ponzio heading wide. Lainez had to save again though from Mista a few minutes later, and with twenty minutes to go Angulo got away from his markers to head home a long free kick from Jorge López. It was enough to win the match and keep Valencia on track for their second title in three years, ending at the same time Zaragoza's run of seven games without defeat.