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Zaragoza and Racing face drop

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By David Redshaw

Friday 13 April 2012

Real Zaragoza and Racing Santander remain in danger of the drop after both suffered 3-0 reverses on Thursday night.

Los Maños went down to Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan thanks to a first-half brace from Alvaro Negredo after Federico Fazio had headed the hosts into the lead on 11 minutes., with the win taking the Andalusians into seventh, one point shy of the European places.

Manolo Jimenez’ men, however, remain third from bottom seven points adrift of Villarreal in 17th, and the Zaragoza boss acknowledged it will now be very difficult for his team to achieve top-flight safety but has appealed to the fans to get behind his players until the end of the season.

“The fans know that without their intensity and support we are nobody,” said Jimenez. “They are the only chance we have. We know there are two Zaragozas: the one that competes against Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona and the other that is capable of losing to anybody.”

Racing, meanwhile, are now 10 points from safety and it will take an effort of monumental proportions if there is to be Primera football at El Sardinero next season.

Alvaro Cervera’s team remain firmly rooted to the foot of the table with Real Mallorca the latest outfit to take all three points off the Cantabrians, the Islanders getting off to a dream start as a Victor Casadesus pass split the Racing defence open for Emilio Nsue to run on and round Dani Sostres to slot home.

Christian Stuani should have equalised when he struck the post midway through the first half, but Mallorca sealed the points within eight minutes of the break with Chori Castro doubling their advantage before Alejandro Alfaro followed up to score after Nsue’s header had come back off the woodwork.

Racing are now without a win since mid-January, a 2-0 win at Osasuna, and Cervera admits his team’s chances of staying up are slim, although it is still mathematically possible.

“We have little chance of top-flight safety if we keep conceding goals,” lamented the Racing boss. “In the remaining games I want footballers who are not afraid and want to be on the pitch, because the side is very vulnerable and we need those type of players to try and reverse this situation."

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