First Division - Day 18

Alavés 0 - Zaragoza 2

Alavés: Costanzo; Coromina, Sarriegi, Pellegrino, Lacen; Juanito (Bodipo 70'), Carpintero; Edu Alonso, Jandro (Wesley 78'), Nené; Aloisi. 4-2-3-1.
Zaragoza: César; Ponzio, Alvaro, Gabriel Milito, Toledo (Cuartero 87'); Celades (Movilla 72'), Generelo; Cani, Ewerthon, Oscar González (Zapater 64'); Diego Milito. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Alavés: Pellegrino, Aloisi for Astudillo, Bodipo / Zaragoza: Ponzio, Toledo, Oscar González for Zapater, Chus Herrero, Savio.

0-1. 46. Diego Milito. Picked up pass from Ewerthon and fired shot over keeper.
0-2. 84. Ewerthon. Ran on to return pass from D. Milito to round keeper and score.

Zaragoza had no problems defeating an Alavés side who have still not won at home all season. The home side did get off to a good start, Carpintero hitting the post with an angled shot in the sixth minute and Aloisi and Nené going close. And ten minutes before the break César had to be at his best to keep out Nené's free kick.

The visitors' best chance came when Oscar González headed just wide, and Diego Milito had a penalty appeal turned down shortly before the break. But just seconds after the restart, Ewerthon set up Diego Milito for him to beat Costanzo with a long shot.

César had to turn another Nené free kick around the post for a corner a few minutes later, and Aloisi missed another good chance. But with the home side throwing everything forward, Diego Milito picked up a return pass from Ewerthon to make it two and wrap things up.

The day after the match Alavés president Dmitri Piterman reacted to criticism from the fans, naming coach Chuchi Cos as his personal advisor and replacing him on the bench with his assistant Juan Carlos Oliva. But with the team already three points adrift at the bottom, there is a lot of work to do if they are to stay up this season.