Real Mallorca 1-0 Real Zaragoza: De Guzman Set Piece Enough For Los Bellemones

A free-kick from De Guzman just about beat a resilient 10-man Zaragoza who fought admirably throughout but go home empty handed.
Mallorca laboured to a 1-0 win against Real Zaragoza thanks to a wonderfully taken free-kick from De Guzman. Despite dominating for large periods, they failed to claim a second goal and close out the game comfortably, instead hanging on for a vital win.

The hosts dominated the opening half trying in vain to carve a resolute Los Blanquillos defense. The five man midfield chosen by Michael Laudrup never let Zaragoza get a foothold in the game but they couldn't make their advantage count. Pierre Webo, spearheading the home side's attacks, was the focal point holding up the ball effectively as the midfielders flooded forward. Doblas was able to produce smart saves against efforts from Nsue and Castro to ensure it remained goalless Bertolo nearly nicked in a goal before half-time but Aouate raced off his line and the shot was clipped wide.

As the second half resumed, so did the command shown by the hosts. Fouls from Javier Aguirre's side were becoming more frequents and eventually they would pay for it. Immediately after Doblas was red carded for a reckless challenge, De Guzman dispatched a free kick into the top corner past a despairing Leo Franco. Los Manos tried desperately to grab an equalizer with the 25 remaining minutes but Mallorca were able to keep their opponent's at arms length throughout as they closed out the game to secure the 3 points.

After their win, Mallorca are up to 8th just 3 points off a Europa League spot. Meanwhile Real Zaragoza hover just 5 points over the relegation zone, in 14th place.

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