First Division - Day 21

Valencia 2 - Zaragoza 2

Valencia: Cañizares; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, David Navarro, Moretti (Hugo Viana 60'); Baraja, Fabio Aurelio; Rufete (Kluivert 75'), Aimar, Regueiro (Mista 61'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.
Zaragoza: César; Ponzio, Alvaro, Gabriel Milito, Cuartero (Toledo 80'); Generelo, Celades; Cani, Sergio García (Zapater 67'), Oscar González; Diego Milito (Ewerthon 46'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valencia: David Navarro, Fabio Aurelio, Rufete for Marchena, Albelda, Angulo / Zaragoza: Cuartero, Generelo, Cani, Sergio García for Toledo, Zapater, Ewerthon, Savio.

0-1. 45. Sergio García. Took return pass from Diego Milito and shot past keeper.
0-2. 63. Ewerthon. Turned in cross from Sergio García on edge of six yard box.
1-2. 82. Kluivert. Fired shot in off post after Mista headed back Aimar's cross.
2-2. 88. Aimar. Steered header wide of keeper after Kluivert headed on pass.

Second placed Valencia were very close to being beaten by Zaragoza, but they fought back with two late goals to draw 2-2. The game got off to a lively start, with Generelo going close twice for the visitors and Villa and Navarro both heading over for the home side. With his side heavily involved in the cup, Víctor Muñoz gave a rare start to Sergio García, and the young forward took advantage to put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time after a quick passing move with Diego Milito, the first goal Cañizares had let in for seven games.

Muñoz rested Milito at the break and brought on his strike partner Ewerthon, and the visitors continued to cause problems with Sergio García shooting wide and Cani forcing Cañizares in to a good save. Regueiro had had a goal disallowed minutes earlier for a borderline offside, but Zaragoza went further ahead after a good run by García left Raúl Albiol for dead, the young striker crossing in for Ewerthon to turn the ball in to the net.

Quique Flores had brought on Viana and Mista shortly before the second goal, and he eventually turned to Kluivert, who had been having problems with a niggling injury. Five minutes later his opponents were left with ten men when Generelo picked up a second booking, and just a minute later Mista headed a long cross back for Kluivert to volley a shot in off the post. And two minutes from the end Kluivert was there again to nod on a long ball for Aimar to head it past César and level the scores and save a point for his side.