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First Division - Day 32

Villarreal 1 - Zaragoza 0

Villarreal: Diego López; Mario Gaspar, Musacchio, Marchena, Català; Cani (Wakaso 72'), Bruno, Borja Valero, Cazorla; Nilmar (Marco Rubén 72'), Rossi (Joan Oriol 83'). 4-4-2.
Zaragoza: Doblas; Diogo, Da Silva, Jarosik, Lanzaro (Lafita 71'), Obradovic (Paredes 59'); Boutahar, Ponzio, Gabi, Bertolo (Ander Herrera 55'); Uche. 5-4-1.

1-0. 71. Rossi (penalty). After Ponzio slid in to Rossi inside penalty area.

Yellow cards: Obradovic 05', Cani 22', Uche 36', 93', Gabi 52', Ponzio 63', Lanzaro 69', Valero 92' / red cards: Uche 93'.

Villarreal are now surely firm favourites for the fourth Champions League spot after a 1-0 victory over Zaragoza on Monday took them nine points clear of fifth placed Athletic. Once again a Rossi penalty decided the match, the United States born Italian striker converting the resulting spot kick after Ponzio slid in to him with twenty minutes to go. Earlier on though only brilliant performances by both keepers had kept the scoreline unchanged, Doblas in particular making first class saves from Rossi and Nilmar before the break, and Diego López keeping out Uche a couple of times either side of half time. The visitors ended with ten men when Uche was given a second booking for what the referee considered was a dive in the area in the last minute, and the Maños end the weekend in the bottom three, below Málaga on head-to-head goal difference.