First Division - Day 17

Zaragoza 2 - Valencia 2

Zaragoza: César (López Vallejo 16'); Diogo, Ayala, Sergio, Juanfran; Zapater, Luccin (Oscar González 72'), Celades; Sergio García, Diego Milito, Oliveira (Oscar Valero 79'). 4-3-3.
Valencia: Mora; Miguel (Iván Helguera 46'), Caneira (Lombán 52'), Marchena, Moretti; Baraja, Montoro; Joaquín, Mata (Zigic 46'), David Silva; Arizmendi. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Luccin for Aimar / Valencia: Mora, Caneira, Baraja, Mata for Cañizares, Iván Helguera, Albelda, Morientes.

1-0. 17. Diego Milito (penalty). After Mora brought down Oliveira inside area.
2-0. 29. Mora (own goal). Turned cross from Sergio García into own net.
1-2. 75. Zigic. Got above marker to head Arizmendi cross past López Vallejo.
2-2. 81. David Silva. Cut into area and fired shot into top corner of net.

Valencia came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Zaragoza on Saturday evening, a welcome relief after only picking up one point from their last four matches. Ronald Koeman's side are going through a major crisis, and the coach announced that he had no further use for Cañizares, Albelda and Angulo. With Hildebrand out of favour that meant third choice keeper Mora took over in goal, but he had the most unfortunate of starts, giving away a penalty on Oliveira which Milito converted and then turning a Sergio García cross into his own net with less than half an hour gone.

It could have been worse had Paradas Romero not ruled out a headed goal by Oliveira for a foul on Marchena before half time, the referee sending Koeman up into the stands for protesting. And Milito went close a couple of times after the restart as the locals went for the kill. Koeman ordered three changes early in the second half though, and it was half time substitute Zigic who headed one back from Arizmendi's cross, his third goal in four days. And with ten minutes to go David Silva picked up a short pass from Joaquín and cut in to beat substitute keeper López Vallejo and square the match.

There was still time for Oscar to head a good chance over after Mora had saved from Ayala, and for Arizmendi to hit the post from close range at the other end. But honours were shared, and Koeman now has a two week break to try and calm things down and get his side back on track.