First Division - Day 32

Zaragoza 4 - Numancia 1

Zaragoza: Luis García; Ponzio, Alvaro, Milito, Aranzábal; Movilla, Generelo (Galletti 46'); Cani (Zapater 74'), Oscar González (Soriano 84'), Savio; David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Numancia: Juanma; Juanpa, Pignol, Otxoa, Tarantino (Ros 84'), Graff; Miguel Pérez, Palacios, Carlos Merino (Tevenet 66'), Juanlu (Pineda 72'); Toché. 5-4-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Oscar González, David Villa for Zapater, Galletti / Numancia: Juanpa, Otxoa, Graff, Toché for Antonio, Pablo Sanz, Juan Carlos Moreno, Miguel.

1-0. 63. David Villa. Got ahead of marker to turn Galletti's cross past Juanma.
1-1. 66. Cani (own goal). Shot past own keeper trying to clear from Toché.
2-1. 69. David Villa. Controlled pass and curled shot wide of keeper.
3-1. 78. Ponzio. Picked up short Galletti pass and shot low across keeper.
4-1. 81. Savio. Took return pass from Oscar and lifted ball over Juanma.

With most of the teams above them failing to win, Zaragoza moved back to within four points of the UEFA positions after beating bottom club Numancia 4-1. The game was preceded by a parade by both sets of neighbouring fans who mixed together freely throughout the game. But they had little to cheer about in a dull first half in which both keepers had little to do, the best chances shots wide by Movilla and Toché at either end.

Víctor Muñoz had reserved Galletti at the start, but he decided he couldn't wait any longer and brought him on at the break. And it proved the turning point of the game as the team captain set up Villa for him to start off a wave of goals with just over an hour gone. The visitors equalised three minutes later when Cani shot past his own keeper whilst trying to clear, but almost immediately Zaragoza were back in front when Villa controlled a long pass from the right and turned his man before curling a shot past Juanma.

After that the Soria based side's resistance crumbled, and Ponzio added a third goal after fellow Argentines Milito and Galletti combined to set him up. And Savio made it four before the end after beating the offside trap to lift the ball over the advancing keeper. It could have been more in the end, but the fans were too busy enjoying themselves to care, knowing that, with Numancia now eleven points away from safety, it may be some time before they see each other again.