First Division - Day 34

Zaragoza 1 - Real Madrid 2

Zaragoza: Roberto; Ponzio, Contini, Jarosik, Obradovic; Gabi, Edmilson; Ander Herrera (Uche 74'), Abel Aguilar, Eliseu; Suazo (Adrián Colunga 20', Jorge López 87'). 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Garay, Marcelo; Gago (Kaká 74'), Xavi Alonso, Van der Vaart (Raúl 14', Benzema 51'), Guti; Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín. 4-4-2.

0-1. 50. Raúl. Turned ball in from close up after Ronaldo crossed in from left.
1-1. 61. Colunga. Ran on to through ball and rounded Casillas to score.
1-2. 82. Kaká. Picked up Ronaldo's pass and turned angled shot past Roberto.

Yellow cards: Ponzio 10', Arbeloa 24', Eliseu 28', Gabi 45', Marcelo 56', Kaká 85', Xabi Alonso 90' / red cards: Contini 52'.

Real Madrid kept up the pace with Barcelona, and they remain a point behind the leaders after a 1-2 victory at Zaragoza just a couple of hours after their arch-rivals had beaten Xerez. Pellegrini's side had the better of an aggressive first half, Ronaldo testing Roberto a couple of times and Raúl hitting the post. Five minutes after the restart Raúl opened the scoring for Madrid from close up after Cristiano Ronaldo had a shot blocked and then turned the rebound back across goal, and a minute later the locals were left with ten men after Contini was sent off for elbowing Higuaín. José Aurelio Gay's side came back, Colunga running on to Aguilar's pass to round Casillas and equalise, but Madrid dominated after that, Ramos heading against the post and Guti bringing a good save out of Roberto. Pellegrini finally brought on Kaká for his first match after a long injury lay-off, and just seven minutes later he picked up Ronaldo's through ball to score what was to prove the winner. Four games to go, and the title race is still wide open.