Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Garay,
Carvalho, Nacho (Marcelo 53'); Pepe, Granero (Özil 59'); Higuaín,
Canales (Di María 52'), Kaká; Benzema. 4-2-3-1.
Zaragoza: Doblas; Diogo, Jarosik, Lanzaro (Pinter 64'), Da Silva, Obradovic (Paredes 46'); Jorge López, Ponzio, Gabi, Lafita (N'Daw 88'); Uche. 5-4-1.
0-1. 41. Lafita. Rolled ball in to empty net after Casillas failed to clear from Uche.
0-2. 54. Gabi (penalty). After Carvalho pushed over Lafita inside penalty area.
1-2. 62. Sergio Ramos. Got above defence to head Özil corner down past Doblas.
1-3. 77. Lafita. Picked up Uche's long pass and beat Casillas with angled shot.
2-3. 85. Benzema. Collected pass out from Higuaín and fired shot past Doblas.
Yellow cards: Jarosik 46', Carvalho 53', 85', Jorge López 57', Di María 58', Doblas 58', Diogo 87' / red cards: Carvalho 85'.
Real Madrid kicked off the weekend against Zaragoza, with Mourinho leaving Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands. He missed him in the end though as the Maños ran out 2-3 winners to move four points clear of the drop zone pending Sunday's games. Javier Aguirre's side took the lead shortly before the break following a rare mistake by Casillas, the keeper missing a clearance from Uche allowing the striker to play the ball through for Lafita to score. Ten minutes in to the second half Gabi made it two from the penalty spot after Carvalho barged over Lafita, and although Sergio Ramos headed one back from an Özil corner, Lafita restored the two goal gap after picking up a cross from Uche. Before that Kaká had had a good penalty appeal turned down and Benzema had hit the bar, and with five minutes to go Benzema scored his side's second after Higuaín set him up. But Carvalho got himself sent off a minute later for a second bookable offence, and although Kaká and Benzema went close after that they couldn't prevent a second home defeat in four days.