Barcelona: Valdés; Dani Alves,
Piqué, Milito, Maxwell (Abidal 74'); Xavi, Mascherano, Keita; Pedro
(Iniesta 86'), Messi, Bojan (Villa 65'). 4-3-3.
Zaragoza: Doblas; Diogo, Jarosik, Lanzaro, Da Silva, Obradovic; Ander Herrera (Jorge López 70'), Pinter (Edmilson 55'), N'Daw, Bertolo (Uche 52'); Sinama-Pongolle. 5-4-1.
1-0. 43. Keita. Turned shot past Doblas after Messi crossed in from right by-line.
Yellow cards: Milito 57', Lanzaro 93'.
Another win for Barcelona on Saturday night, although once again they had to work hard before beating Zaragoza 1-0. With a Champions League match coming up on Tuesday, Guardiola rested some of his key players. The Maños had not won in the Nou Camp since 1965, but Aguirre had clearly decided his best tactic was to defend, reverting back to a five man defence with Sinama-Pongolle by himself up front. As a result most of the play was in the visitors half, with Barça mainly limited to long shots which Doblas and his defence dealt with comfortably. Keita did get the ball in the net on the half hour mark only for his header to be ruled out for a borderline offside, but a quarter of an hour later the midfielder scored what was to prove the only goal, turning a shot past the keeper after Messi played the ball in from the right. After the restart Doblas did well to keep out Piqué, Alves and Bojan, but Sinama could well have scored a rapid counter-attack, and Guardiola was forced to bring on his best players to make sure the result didn't slip away from them in the end.