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Ronaldo goal not enough to take all 3 points for Real Madrid v Zaragoza

Posted on March 30, 2013 by admin

Real Madrid had the chance to make up some ground on Barcelona in La Liga, after the Catalan club rested a number of first team players ahead of their Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. They could only manage a draw at relegation strugglers Celta Vigo, so a win for Madrid away to Real Zaragoza would close the gap to 11 points with nine games to play.

Real Zaragoza were also fighting against the drop, starting the game just two points above 18th place. They got a dream start, with Rodri shooting past Diego Lopez to stun the Madrid players. Mourinho had also made a few changes, starting with Essien, Modric, Callejon and Kaka instead of Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Ozil and Di Maria.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his fantastic scoring form by getting the equalizer after 38 minutes, and Zaragoza were nearly behind soon afterwards, but Roberto produced a brilliant reaction save to deny Essien from point blank range. Mourinho decided not to change anything at halftime, although Kaka was struggling to have any influence and there had not been too many chances created.

Four minutes after the break, he was nearly proved right, but a combination of the post and some desperate blocks stopped Marcelo and Essien from scoring. Zaragoza were making chances of their own, though, and after they had a penalty claim waved away, Mourinho sent on Ozil, Khedira and Di Maria for Arbeloa, Kaka and Callejon.

The game opened up, and Modric was having an increasing influence, but Lopez had to make a good save to stop Postiga scoring with a header after 79 minutes. The hope of catching Barcelona and retaining La Liga champion status was slipping away, and Zaragoza were pushing for the win, another Postiga header being tipped over the bar.

Real Madrid will need to be a lot better on Wednesday in the Champions League against Galatasaray, and I’m sure they will be.

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