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March 12, 2011
• Estadio de la Romareda, Zaragoza
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 31000
J. Jarošík 5'
Ander Herrera 40'
Gabi 65', 76'
Full time at La Romareda. Real Zaragoza go out massive 4-0 winners over Valencia after a great display from the home side. Valencia have been very poor and will need to pick themselves up from this display if they are to get their impressive form back on track. Thank You For Joining Us On Goal.com !
Jorge Lopez attempts to make it five for Zaragoza with a long range shot but Guaita easily saves.
P. da Silva
Zaragoza really have pressed brilliantly in the match. Even in the 89th minute when they have secured the three points they are still pressuring the Valencia players.
Zaragoza make their final change of the match as Diogo comes off for Paulo Da Silva.
Roberto Soldado has an opportunity to go through on goal but a poor touch sends the ball straight to the hands of Doblas. Sums up the standard of play from Valencia.
Valencia have perhaps had the majority of possession in the match, but they have been unable to create any concrete chances and Toni Doblas has had an easy game in goal for Zaragoza.
Fantastic reception for Real Zaragoza captain Gabi as he is brought off to be replaced by N'Daw.
The home side are playing with a real swagger here, they look as if they could even go on to score more goals!
Penalty Goal Gabi
Yellow Card Albelda
Gabi scores the penalty after smashing the ball past Guaita into the left corner. 4-0 Real Zaragoza !
David Albelda brings down Braulio and receives a yellow card after the substitute shows a fantastic turn of pace to get into the Valencia box.
Penalty for Real Zaragoza !
Good save from Guaita as Braulio drives down the right hand side to power a shot across goal but the Valencia goalkeeper manages to turn the ball round the post.
The home side look very comfortable now and you cant see Valencia getting anything from the game with only twenty minutes left.
The atmosphere is buzzing in La Romareda, the crowd love what they are seeing !
Valencia make their final change of the match as Jonas comes off for David Albelda.
Assist Nicolás Bertolo
Penalty Goal Gabi
Yellow Card Ever Banega
Yellow/Red Marius Stankevicius
Goal for Zaragoza as Gabi expertly dispatches the penalty into the bottom left corner !
Real Zaragoza are awarded a penalty aftter the Valencia player was judged to have blocked Bertolo. Very harsh decision from the referee !
Stankevicius is sent off for Valencia !
Great play from Diogo for Zaragoza, first dispossessing Jordi Alba then driving forward to earn a freekick and take the pressure off the home side.
Real Zaragoza make a substitution as Uche comes off to be replaced by Braulio.
Valencia make an early second half substitution as Juan Mata comes on to replace Mathieu on the left hand side of midfield.
Zaragoza are camped in their own box at the moment, with Valencia having a succession of corner kicks and throw ins.
Yellow Card Gabi
Valencia are playing a very high defensive line, and although Zaragoza seem to be sitting back, the pace of Uche on the counter attack will still be a danger.
The home side seem to have calmed down their attacking play, they may be looking to just sit on their 2-0 lead and soak up the pressure from Valencia.
Valencia have started to calm the pace of the game down and are enjoying a sustained period of possession, but are still to create any clear-cut chances.
Zaragoza have started the second half with the same intensity and tempo as the first half.
The second half has kicked off and Real Zaragoza are looking comfortable with their lead, but Valencia will feel that if they can get an early goal, they may still have a chance of getting something from the game.
Half time in Zaragoza as the home side go into the break with a 2-0 lead over a Valencia team who appears to be suffering from a European hangover. Join Us In 15 Minutes For The Second Half !
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Yellow Card Tino Costa
Jonas has been disappointing for Valencia, he has been very wasteful in possession so far in the game.
Yellow Card Marius Stankevicius
Stankevicius is shown a yellow card after cynically bringing down Jarosik in midfield when a Real Zaragoza counter attack looked imminent.
Goal Ander Herrera
Ander beats the Valencia offside trap and goes through on goal to cheekily nutmeg Guaita and double the lead of Zaragoza !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Real Zaragoza !
HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUY ! Real Zaragoza go so close again as Bertolo squeezes a pass along the six yard box but Uche just misses the pass with a sliding attempt at goal !
Real Zaragoza have a great chance from a counter attack but Uche gets a pass through on goal all wrong and Valencia get let off the hook.
Valencia make a very early substitution as Ricardo Costa comes off to be replaced by Ever Banega. A defender off for a midfielder.
Zaragoza are defending pretty well from Valencia's first piece of extended possession in the game. They look solid and well organised.
Valencia are having real trouble keeping a hold of possession, Topal and Tino Costa need to get on the ball and try and influence the play more.
Yellow Card Paredes
The pressing of the Real Zaragoza players is leaving Valencia with no option but to try and play the long ball but Soldado is finding it difficult to hold up the ball.
HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUY ! Real Zaragoza should be two nil up after Bertolo got on the end of a Diogo knock down but could only manage to scoop the ball over the cross bar from the penalty spot !
The first 20 minutes of the game have been very scrappy. Neither team has been able to establish a flow in their play.
Tenacious play from Joaquin down the right hand side for Valencia, showing good strength and pace to earn his team a freekick when they were under pressure.
Toni Doblas sees his first action of the game as Soldado strikes the ball right off the chest of the Real Zaragoza goalkeeper. The Spanish striker was eventually ruled as offside but still good goalkeeping.
Another set-piece opportunity for Zaragoza but unfortunately Parades cannot get the same conviction as his previous attempts and the Valencia defence manage to clear the ball.
Opportunity for Valencia to create a chance with a freekick from the right hand side of the Zaragoza box but Tino Costa gets it horribly wrong and evades everyone in the penalty area with an over-hit cross.
Valencia are starting to control the possession in the midfield area but Zaragoza are defending in numbers and are proving to be a solid barrier.
Uche perhaps should have doubled the lead of the home side after running through on goal to the left hand side, but too many touches from the Nigerian allows Guaita and the Valencia defence to clear the danger.
Valencia will have to quickly pick themselves up from this early set-back.
The home side are pressing the Valencia midfield intensely, with Topal and Tino Costa unable to affect the game as of yet.
Goal Jiri Jarosik
Fantastic start to the match from Zaragoza.
Jiri Jarosik powers a header past Guaita after a freekick is floated in from Paredes just inside the Valencia half !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Real Zaragoza !
Zaragoza have made a good start to the match, the players look up for the game and the tempo of their game is high.
The match has kicked off in Zaragoza and hopefully we will see an entertaining match with plenty of chances.
Real Zaragoza will look to take advantage of Valencia's midweek defeat and climb up the table with a home win. However they face a tough task as Los Che are the form team in La Liga at the moment.
Valencia were knocked out of the Champions League midweek against Schalke so this will certainly add to their determination to hang on to the European place they currently find themselves in.
Here is the first eleven of Valencia: Guaita, Jordi Alba, Costa, Stankevicius, Bruno, Tino Costa, Topal, Joaquín, Mathieu, Jonas, Soldado.
The teams are in and this is how Real Zaragoza will be lining up tonight: Doblas, Diogo, Jarosik, Contini, Paredes, Ponzio, Gabi, Jorge López, Ander, Bertolo, Uche.
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