|First Division - Day 35|
Zaragoza 4 - Athletic Bilbao 3
César; Diogo, Sergio, Gabriel Milito, Juanfran; D'Alessandro (Lafita
72'), Zapater, Movilla, Aimar (Celades 94'); Sergio García
(Longás 81'), Diego Milito. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Zaragoza: Diogo, Movilla for Chus Herrero, Oscar González / Athletic: Amorebieta, Yeste, Aduríz for Javi González, Etxeberría, Urzaiz.
Zaragoza still have an outside chance of a Champions League spot after a thrilling 4-3 win over Athletic Bilbao on a rainy night at the Romareda stadium. Víctor Fernández's side were well on their way to a win when Diego Milito beat Aranzubia for his first goal in five games, and then when Diogo put them two up with a shot in off the far post within the first twenty minutes.
Aduriz got one back later in the first half after holding off Sergio before beating César, and then had a penalty appeal turned down after he was felled by the same defender. But seconds later Sergio García restored the two goal cushion after picking up a short pass from Aimar to shoot wide of the keeper, and on the stroke of half time Murillo headed D'Alessandro's free kick past his own keeper to make it four.
It appeared to be all over, and Sergio García could have increased the lead when his header was cleared by Expósito. But Aduriz scored again from the penalty spot after César brought down Etxeberría, and the striker completed his hat-trick four minutes later after rising to Iraola's corner and, half with the back of his head and half with his shoulder, guiding the ball past César once again. That set up a nail biting finish, but the Basque side could do no more and they still have a lot of work to do if they are to stay up this season.