Nerves prevail at Zaragoza

A nervy Primera Division encounter between Real Zaragoza and

Granada ended goalless on Monday evening.

Odion Ighalo struck a post for Granada and Antonio Tono made a

fine save to deny Zaragoza’s Cristian Sapunaru, but the honours

were even at full-time, leaving Zaragoza two points clear of the

drop zone and Granada one point better off.

The game began brightly with early chances for both sides, but

as the contest wore on the shutters came down with neither team

willing to risk defeat against a direct rival.

Gabriel Torje crashed a shot over the bar just seconds into the

game and soon after Ighalo headed narrowly wide, while at the other

end Ruben Rochina was off target for Zaragoza before Tono got a

first to Victor Rodriguez’s free-kick,

Ighalo found the upright in the 19th minute, getting up to head

Nolito’s corner desperately close to the target.

At the other end, Rochina twice tried his luck from 25 yards but

with little success, missing twice before Granada’s Diego Mainz

headed wide from another Nolito corner.

As the second half began, Rochina was still being tempted into

long-range efforts but with no more success.

However, it was his 65th-minute free-kick that found Sapunaru

for Zaragoza’s best chance, Tono making a brilliant save to tip it

over the crossbar.

Diego Buoanotte was presented with a good opportunity for

Granada but mis-hit his shot to give an easy save to Leo Franco in

the 73rd minute.

Soon after, Tono fumbled Stefan Babovic’s shot but did enough to

keep it out, but the contest petered out, with a poor effort from

Ighalo dribbling wide in the only thing approaching a clear chance

in the final 15 minutes.