Saturday October 1, 2011 (17.00 UK)
Rossi (Pen.) 41, Perez 84 – Garcia 34, Barrera 45
Lanzaro sent off 80
El Madrigal, Villarreal
Both sides shared the points in a heated affair in which the home side dominated, but could not take the lead. Javier Aguirre’s Zaragoza will be left frustrated after taking the lead twice in the match, only to see it taken away from them through a Giuseppe Rossi penalty and a late goal from Hernan Perez.
The match was evenly balanced in the opening stages with both teams firing a number of attempts on goal. Luis Garcia went very close for the visitors, but his right-footed shot was acrobatically saved by Diego Lopez. Borja Valero’s passing caused Zaragoza a number of problems, and the midfielder set up good chances for Mario Gaspar, Javier Camunas and Rossi, but none could convert.
It was Aguirre’s men that took the lead first as Garcia latched on to Fernando Meira’s through ball and finished from a narrow angle. However, their lead lasted just seven minutes. Mateo Musacchio drew a foul from Maurizio Lanzaro inside the box and Rossi converted the subsequent penalty. Four minutes later, just before half time, Zaragoza reclaimed the lead after a fast break in which Angel Lafita played in Barrera, who slotted his shot past Lopez.
The second half was very much dominated by Villarreal as they went in search of an equaliser. Rossi, Camunas and substitute Perez all had numerous shots saved by Roberto. Helder Postiga came into this match without a goal, and the Zaragoza striker looked short of confidence.
The game changed in the 81st minute after defender Lanzaro was sent off for a second yellow, and Villarreal used their numerical advantage immediately against a tiring defence. They drew level within three minutes of the red card, Marcos Senna crossing for Perez to header in from close range after a corner.
Garrido’s men could not find a winning goal, however, as Zaragoza rode out a heavy spell of pressure in the final minutes to secure their third draw of the campaign.
Villarreal (4-3-1-2): Lopez; Gaspar, Zapata (Perez 63), Musacchio, Catala (Senna 81); Valero, Bruno, Cani; Guzman (Bordas 77); Camunas, Rossi
Unused subs: Oriol, Marchena, Cesar, Gonzalo
Real Zaragoza(4-2-3-1): Roberto; Juarez, Lanzaro, Silva, Paredes; Ponzio, Meira; Barrera, Garcia, Lafita; Postiga
Unused subs: Oriol, Franco, Orti, Abraham
Did you know… This game contained twenty six fouls, Real Zaragoza committing 23 of them.