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.