Sunday September 25, 2011 (21.00 UK)
Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza
A goalless yet intense draw played out in Zaragoza with either side unable to create more than a few chances.
Zaragoza showed some improvement and after having conceded 11 goals so far this season, they did well to keep a clean sheet and much of it was down to the goalkeeper’s heroics. Offensively, they were missing the final touch but Juan Carlos attempted to push forward until the last stages in search of a goal. Unfortunately for the home side, they did find the back of the net through Helder Postiga but the goal was wrongly ruled offside to keep things all square.
As for Malaga, they may have only created a few chances but the array of talent upfront looked capable of making the difference at any moment. Their midfield and especially Jeremy Toulalan and Santiago Cazorla proved their quality but they too failed to finish off any of their chances and were lucky to have kept all 11 men on the pitch, as Sergio Sanchez ought to have received another yellow card.
Real Zaragoza (4-2-3-1): Roberto; Juarez, Mateos (Lanzaro 32), Silva, Paredes; Ponzio (Micael 73), Meira; Barrera, Garcia (Lafita 59), Carlos; Postiga
Unused subs: Orti, Zuculini, Abraham, Franco
Malaga (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Sanchez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu; Toulalan, Duda; Joaquin (Isco 78), Baptista (Fernandez 83), Cazorla; Nistelrooy (Rondon 56)
Unused subs: R Martinez, Monreal, Camacho, Maresca
Did you know…Malaga have only conceded two goals in La Liga so far this season and have kept 4 clean sheets (according to whoscored.com).