First Division - Day 27

Zaragoza 2 - Atlético Madrid 1

Zaragoza: César; Diogo, Ayala, Paredes, Juanfran; Luccin; Sergio García, Gabi, Matuzalem (Zapater 79'), Oscar González (Celades 81'); Diego Milito (Oliveira 83'). 4-1-4-1.
Atlético: Abbiati; Valera (Pernía 44'), Perea, Pablo, Antonio López; Maxi, Cléber Santana (Miguel de las Cuevas 81'), Raúl García, Simao (Reyes 72'); Diego Forlán, Agüero (Jurado 89'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Zaragoza: Diogo, Juanfran, Luccin, Oscar González for Chus Herrera, Pavón, Celades, Oliveira / Atlético: Cléber Santana for Nacho Camacho.

0-1. 25. Simao. Picked up pass from Maxi and curled shot wide of César.
1-1. 34. Pablo (own goal). Sliced ball past Abbiati trying to clear Gabi free kick.
2-1. 71. Diego Milito (penalty). After Sergio García fouled by Simao inside area.

A great start for Zaragoza's new coach Manolo Villanova, who took over midweek as his club's fourth manager of the season following Irureta's resignation after only six weeks in charge. The Maños came from behind to beat fourth placed Atlético Madrid 2-1, taking them away from the danger zone and up to twelfth spot pending Sunday's games.

Atlético were full of confidence after beating Barcelona the week before, and Diego Forlán and Maxi both forced good saves out of César before Simao picked up a square pass from Maxi to curl a shot over the keeper midway through the first half. Ten minutes later though the scores were level when Pablo sliced a wide Gabi free kick into his own net.

Both keepers were in action after that, César stopping an Agüero header and Abbiati beating out a shot from Matuzalem. But with twenty minutes left on the clock Simao felled Sergio García in the area and Diego Milito stepped up to slot home the spot kick.

There was a frantic finish as Atlético pushed for the equaliser, César saving from Forlán after he broke free in front of goal, and Luccin clearing in front of the Uruguayan striker after a great run by Agüero. But shortly after Reyes drove a long volley wide of the post the game ended, and Zaragoza had finally ended their run of four defeats in a row.