First Division - Day 36

Valencia 1 - Zaragoza 0

Valencia: Hildebrand; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Iván Helguera, Alexis; Marchena, Baraja; Joaquín (Arizmendi 77'), David Silva, Vicente (Mata 43'); David Villa (Albelda 89'). 4-2-3-1.
Zaragoza: César; Diogo, Chus Herrero (Matuzalem 60'), Ayala, Paredes; Oscar González (Aimar 46'), Gabi, Luccin (Diego Milito 64'), Juanfran; Sergio García, Oliveira. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Valencia: Iván Helguera, Vicente for Caneira, Mata / Zaragoza: Diogo, Chus Herrero, Oscar González, Gabi, Luccin, Juanfran for Zapater, Sergio, Celades, Matuzalem, Aimar, Diego Milito.

1-0. 20. David Silva. Picked up Baraja pass and shot low past César.

Valencia recovered from their weekend thrashing in the Nou Camp to beat fellow relegation rivals Zaragoza 1-0, virtually ensuring their place in the top flight for another season. The Chés started the match just a point above their rivals and two above the drop zone, and David Villa went close a couple of times before Baraja slid a pass through to David Silva for him to open the scoring.

Silva headed a cross from Joaquín over the top soon afterwards, and Villa hit the outside of the post shortly before the break. Zaragoza's only reply was a shot from Sergio García which Hildebrand turned for a corner, and coach Manolo Villanova decided to bring on Aimar at half time.

Sergio García and Gabi fired long shots wide, and Hildebrand touched a Gabi free kick over the top, and the locals were left with ten men when Silva was sent off for insulting the referee. But they held on for an important victory which leaves their opponents facing a difficult last two matches, starting with a fixture against Real Madrid at the weekend.