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First Division - Day 23

Espanyol 0 - Zaragoza 2

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Raúl Rodríguez, Héctor Moreno, Didac; Forlín (Thievy 64'), Romaric; Coutinho, Verdú, Weiss; Kalu Uche (Rui Fonte 71'). 4-2-3-1.
Zaragoza: Roberto; Pablo Alvarez, Lanzaro, Da Silva, Obradovic; Apoño, Pinter; Edu Oriol (Zuculini 73'), Luis García (Rubén Micael 60'); Hélder Postiga (Juan Carlos 84'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 56. Da Silva. Got above defence to head in Luis García corner on far post.
0-2. 92. Juan Carlos. Rounded keeper to score following quick Micael free kick.

Yellow cards: Didac 42', Lafita 43', Lanzaro 62', Pablo Alvarez 68', Coutinho 88', Zuculini 90', Roberto 91'.

Fifth placed Espanyol started their game against bottom club Zaragoza on Sunday lunchtime knowing that a win would take them up in to the Champions League spots. However they end the weekend where they started after a surprise 0-2 defeat against Manolo Jiménez's team. Casilla had to save from old boy Luis García early on, but Espanyol's two new boys could have scored after that, Coutinho hitting the post and Roberto stopping Kalu Uche on the follow up, and Uche putting another good chance over the top. Romaric wasted another good opportunity early in the second half, and Coutinho tested Roberto again soon afterwards. But a couple of minutes later Da Silva headed a Luis García corner past Casilla to give the visitors the lead, and although Coutinho hit the bar again, Casilla had to be at his best to keep out Postiga and Lanzaro later on. Roberto saved again from Coutinho as the locals came out looking for the equaliser, but they were caught out by a rapid Micael free kick in injury time, Juan Carlos rounding the keeper to wrap things up. Only a third win for the Maños, but curiously two of those have been against Pochettino's side.