First Division - Day 24

Deportivo La Coruña 1 - Zaragoza 1

Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Andrade, Capdevila; Víctor (Gallardo 46'), Duscher, De Guzman (Sergio 46'), Munitis; Rubén Castro, Arizmendi (Diego Tristán 53'). 4-4-2.
Zaragoza: César; Ponzio, Alvaro, Gabriel Milito, Toledo (Cuartero 65'); Movilla, Generelo (Zapater 63'); Cani, Ewerthon (Sergio García 75'), Oscar González; Diego Milito. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Depor: Coloccini, Rubén Castro, Arizmendi for Juanma, Romero, Diego Tristán / Zaragoza: Toledo, Ewerthon for Aranzábal, Sergio García.

0-1. 17. Diego Milito. Headed into net after Alvaro nodded back Ponzio free kick.
1-1. 55. Munitis. Bent free kick past César from wide out on the right flank.

Deportivo and Zaragoza did themselves no favours in their push for European spots, cancelling each other out in a 1-1 draw. Conditions at the Riazor stadium were difficult, with rain turning into hailstones later in the game. César did well to save from Arizmendi early on, but in general the visitors mastered the situation better, Diego Milito heading his side into the lead in the seventeenth minute after Alvaro nodded across a Ponzio free kick.

Víctor Muñoz's side could have gone further ahead a few minutes later when Oscar González rounded Molina, but Duscher was there to clear. César saved again from Arizmendi close to half time, but Caparrós decided to ring the changes at the break, bringing on Sergio and Gallardo, and then Diego Tristán. Soon afterwards they were level, Munitis catching César off guard with a wide free kick with the keeper expecting a cross, and a couple of minutes later Tristán had a goal disallowed for offside.

Depor's challenge ended though ten minutes from the final whistle when Coloccini was sent off for a crunching tackle on Sergio García, the defender's second red card in consecutive matches. Molina did well to tip away an effort from Oscar González minutes later, but the hosts could have stolen a win in the dying minutes when Sergio's wide free kick bounced off the crossbar.