Real Madrid Draw with Zaragoza Puts Them in Danger of Falling Back into Third

Tre' AtkinsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2013

Real Madrid entered the match with Zaragoza with much to gain. Barcelona had just drew with Celta and Los Blancos had the chance to make up two points on the league leaders. 

But more importantly, Madrid needed a win to make sure that they remained above rivals Atletico Madrid.

The hosts got things started early when Rodri capitalized on a turnover in the middle of the pitch. From that point, it looked as if things were going to be very difficult for Real Madrid.

The Zaragoza defense held their ground and did not let the visitors get anything easy.

After stomping out several chances and utilizing a wonderful offside trap, Zaragoza finally conceded. Cristiano Ronaldo won the ball and fired into the low post to equalize right before halftime.

As the teams began the second half, it was apparent that Jose Mourinho had lit a fire under his men. 

Real Madrid looked much sharper and Zaragoza decided not to take as many chances. The result led to countless shots from Madrid, but none of which were able to find the back of the net.

Both keepers played the role of hero in this game with game changing saves. Either team could have score three or four goals, but the keepers made sure this match ended at 1-1.

For Real Madrid, the result is very disappointing. Not only was Los Blancos unable to make up points on Barcelona, they now stand a very good chance of dropping back to third in the table.

But Real Zaragoza will take the single point against such a tough competitor. The home side now ensures that they will remain out of the relegation zone, but only for the time being.

The La Liga weekend now rides on Atletico Madrid's next performance.


Score: Zaragoza 1—1 Real Madrid (Rodri — Ronaldo)


Official Starting Lineups

Real Zaragoza: Roberto; Sapunaru, Alvaro, Loovens, Abraham; Apono, Movilla; Rodri, Oriol, Montanes; Postiga

Real Madrid: Lopez; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Modric; Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo; Benzema