Zaragoza: Roberto; Juárez, Mateos
(Lanzaro 31'), Da Silva, Paredes; Ponzio (Rubén Micael 72'), Fernando
Meira; Barrera, Luis García (Lafita 58'), Juan Carlos; Helder Postiga.
Málaga: Willy Caballero; Sergio Sánchez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu; Toulalan, Duda; Joaquín (Isco 77'), Baptista (Seba Fernández 82'), Cazorla; Van Nistelrooy (Rondón 55'). 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Sergio Sánchez 48', Meira 66'.
Málaga missed out on a chance to move to the top of the table after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Zaragoza in the last match of Sunday evening. With Valencia losing and Betis playing on Monday, the Andalusians needed three points to go above both of them. And they started well, local keeper Roberto having to be at his best to keep out Van Nistelrooy early on. Barrera tested Caballero and Da Silva and Postiga both failed to hit the target for the Maños, but Baptista fired a long free kick just wide, and soon after the restart the Brazilian forward came up against Roberto once again. Zaragoza felt hard done by when the referee ruled out a strike by Postiga for a dubious offside, but the visitors almost came away with the win they wanted when Roberto made the save of the night after Seba Fernández headed down Isco's cross late on.