First Division - Day 38

Zaragoza 2 - Barcelona 1

Zaragoza: Zaparaín; Rebosio (Soriano 46'), Alvaro, Milito, Toledo (David Pirri 74'); Cani, Movilla, Ponzio, Generelo; David Villa (Yordi 69'), Dani. 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Reiziger (Overmars 70'), Márquez (Kluivert 77'), Oleguer, Van Bronckhorst; Xavi, Cocu, Davids (Motta 79'); Gabri, Saviola, Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Zaparaín, Rebosio, Cani, Movilla, Generelo for Valbuena, Cuartero, Galletti, Soriano, Savio / Barça: Márquez, Gabri for Puyol, Luis Enrique.

0-1. 09. Saviola. Volleyed ball past keeper after Xavi headed back Gio's pass.
1-1. 41. Cani. Controlled Generelo cross on chest and shot low past Valdés.
2-1. 59. Soriano. Drove shot past keeper after David Villa laid ball back.

Barcelona achieved their objective of taking second spot, although they only made it thanks to Real Madrid's home defeat by Real Sociedad after losing their own game to Zaragoza. The Blaugrana took the lead against the run of play early on when Xavi headed Van Bronckhorst's cross into the path of Saviola for him to volley the ball past Zaparaín. The young keeper was making his league debut for Víctor Muñoz's side, and he showed that he is a man for the future with a series of good saves after that, especially one at close range from a an effort from Davids.

Gradually though the locals got back in to the game, and Víctor Valdés did well to turn a shot from Milito away for the corner. But soon afterwards Cani made it all square when he controlled a long cross from Generelo on his chest before shooting past the keeper. By now news was coming in that Madrid were three goals down, and Barcelona relaxed. The home side took advantage to go in front, David Villa laying the ball across for Soriano to score his side's second of the night.

The visitors woke up after that and did their best to save a point, but Zaparaín was not going to let them through. Nobody really minded though, Barça had got that second spot which qualifies them automatically for the Champions' League, and Zaragoza, already safe, will be in the UEFA cup next season after winning the Spanish cup earlier in the season. A good time was had by all.