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First Division - Day 31

Zaragoza 0 - Barcelona 3

Zaragoza: Roberto; Sapunaru, Loovens, Alvaro, Paredes; José Marí (Apoño 46'), Movilla; Víctor Rodríguez (Jorge Ortí 46'), Rodri, Paco Montañés; Postiga (Rubén Rochina 62'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Marc Bartra, Adriano (Abidal 77'), Montoya; Xavi (Sergi Roberto 80'), Alex Song, Thiago; Alexis, Fàbregas, Tello (David Villa 83'). 4-3-3.

0-1. 20. Thiago. Picked up Alexis return pass and fired shot in off far post.
0-2. 38. Tello. Ran on to return Thiago pass and steered shot wide of Roberto.
0-3. 53. Tello. Collected long Thiago pass and cut in from left wing to score.

Yellow cards: Movilla 22', Apoño 52', Alexis 70', Alvaro 82', Dani Alves 82'.

Barcelona left the likes of Messi, Iniesta, Busquets and Jordi Alba at home after their midweek Champions League quarter final against Paris Saint Germain, but they still had no problems beating Zaragoza 0-3 to leave the Maños down in the bottom three. In the absence of their senior colleagues, Thiago and Tello took over operations, the latter firing a long shot wide in the opening minutes, and the former combining with Alexis to open the scoring in the twentieth minute. Víctor Rodríguez felt he should have had a penalty when Song brought him down around the half hour mark, but otherwise Manolo Jiménez's side caused few problems for the returning Valdés, and Tello picked up Thiago's return pass to steer home a second soon afterwards. Alexis brought a good save out of Roberto and then lobbed a shot against the bar either side of half time, and eight minutes in to the second half Tello picked up the ball midfield and ran on to cut past Loovens and make it three. After that Jiménez gave the game up as lost, resting Postiga for better times and bringing on Rochina, who also had a penalty appeal turned down before firing a long shot over the bar.