|First Division - Day 6|
Barcelona 2 - Zaragoza 2
Víctor Valdés; Belletti, Oleguer (Van Bommel 61'), Puyol, Gio
Van Bronckhorst; Iniesta (Larsson 70'), Márquez, Deco; Giuly (Messi
67'), Eto'o, Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.
Team changes: Barça: Gio Van Bronckhorst, Iniesta, Márquez, Deco, Ronaldinho for Sylvinho, Xavi, Edmilson, Van Bommel, Larsson / Zaragoza: Cani for Oscar González.
Controversy in the Nou Camp, where Barcelona came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Zaragoza after referee Megia Dávila awarded the hosts a late penalty. Frank Rijkaard continued with his rotations, leaving Xavi in the stands and giving a first start to Iniesta. Messi took a seat on the bench for the first time after obtaining a Spanish passport during the week.
Ronaldinho was wearing a new pair of gold lined boots, but he was unable to repeat his Champions League success and he fired a couple of efforts over the top. Otherwise though Víctor Muñoz's well disciplined defence kept the Blaugrna at bay except for one shot from Eto'o which César blocked at point blank range.
The surprise came though immediately after the restart, when the Milito brothers struck twice in four minutes. First of all it was Gabi who got on the end of a long free kick from Savio which Cani headed on, and then Diego took advantage of a mistake by Valdés, who could only punch Savio's cross up in the air.
Rijkaard brought on Van Bommel, Messi and then Larsson in an attempt to get back, but they could not break through until a quarter of an hour from the end when referee Megia Dávila gave them a hand, awarding a hotly disputed penalty after Van Bommel and Toledo fought for a ball in the area. Toledo was shown a red card in the incident, and although Megia made Ronaldinho retake the penalty for encroachment, the golden boots didn't fail.
After that Barcelona attacked frantically, Larsson putting a great chance wide, César saving from Van Bommel and Eto'o hitting the post. It looked as if the visitors were going to hold on though until Eto'o took advantage of a hesitation between Alvaro and César for him to nip in and equalise. The Catalans had saved a point, but the headlines in the press were about that penalty....