First Division - Day 26

Levante 2 - Zaragoza 1

Levante: Kujovic; Descarga, Alvaro, José Serrano, David; Javi Fuego, Miguel Angel; Juanma (Manolo Gaspar 86'), Riga (Armando 76'), Courtois; Geijo (Iborra 82'). 4-2-3-1.
Zaragoza: César; Chus Herrera, Ayala, Pavón, Paredes; Sergio García, Celades, Gabi (Generelo 72'), Matuzalem (Oscar González 64'); Diego Milito, Oliveira. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Levante: Javi Fuego for Berson / Zaragoza: Chus Herrera, Pavón, Paredes, Celades, Matuzalem for Diogo, Sergio, Juanfran, Zapater, Luccin.

1-0. 21. Geijo. Got above defence to head Courtois cross in on far post.
2-0. 60. Riga. Ran on to long ball and battled past Pavón and César to score.
2-1. 65. Oscar González. Forced ball over line after Sergio García crossed in.

Zaragoza are in trouble after they lost 2-1 to bottom club Levante, and they are only outside of the relegation spots thanks to a superior goal difference over Recreativo. Irureta's side were looking to pick up points after losing their last three games, but although Sergio García, Oliveira and Diego Milito all had chances early on, they fell behind when Geijo headed a Courtois cross past César with just over twenty minutes gone.

For a few minutes Zaragoza looked like getting back in the game, Matuzalem (back in the side after a long injury lay-off) having a free kick blocked and Kujovic saving from Oliveira's header. But César had to keep out Riga at the other end, and Courtois also tried his luck with a couple of efforts either side of half time. Then with an hour on the clock David cut out a dangerous cross from Milito and booted a long punt up-field. Pavón tried to head the ball back to César, but it fell woefully short and Riga ran in to get between them both and force the ball into the net.

Irureta brought on Oscar for Matuzalem and it couldn't have worked better, the new man getting ahead of Descarga to turn Sergio García's lifted cross in from close to goal. But after that the visitors didn't have a sniff at goal, and Levante could have even increased their lead later on. They ended the day still ten points away from safety, but at least they have regained a bit of pride with their recent results. Zaragoza are losing theirs though, and it was all too much for Irureta, who handed in his resignation only six weeks after he took over from Víctor Fernández.