First Division - Day 22

Zaragoza 1 - Athletic Bilbao 0

Zaragoza: César; Diogo, Ayala, Sergio, Juanfran; Sergio García, Celades (Zapater 59'), Luccin, Gabi (Oscar González 70'); Diego Milito, Oliveira (Paredes 80'). 4-4-2.
Athletic: Armando; Iraola, Aitor Ocio, Amorebieta, Koikili; Javi Martínez, Muñoz (Susaeta 70'); Garmendia (Aitor Ramos 59'), Yeste, David López; Aduríz (Llorente 46'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Ayala, Sergio García, Celades for Pavón, Zapater, Oscar González / Athletic: Armando, Amorebieta, Muñoz, Garmendia for Aranzubia, Ustaritz, Orbaiz, Susaeta.

1-0. 27. Oliveira. First time volley wide of Armando from Diego Milito cross.

Zaragoza recorded their first win under new coach Javier Irureta, a 1-0 victory against Athletic Bilbao taking them back up to the top half of the table. Oliveira volleyed a Diego Milito cross past new keeper Armando for the only goal of the game with just under half an hour on the clock, virtually the first shot by either side up to that point. Armando did well to keep out a deflected shot from Diogo after that, and the visiting defence cleared a dangerous cross from Diego Milito before the break.

Just a couple of minutes after the restart Armando got enough on Milito's shot to tip it on to the bar, and Sergio García also rattled the woodwork with an angled shot, Oliveira failing to turn in the rebound. César was also called upon though to keep out Yeste and Aitor Ramos, and the Basque side could have saved a point right up until the final minutes, when Aitor Ocio got himself sent off for the third time this season after picking up two bookings in succession for a foul on Ayala and a too vehement protest. Athletic ended the weekend though just three spots outside of the drop zone, only ahead of Osasuna, Deportivo and Murcia on goal difference.