The Spanish, after the point achieved at the La Romareda stadium against the Real Zaragoza, is already a team in the First Division of Spanish football, after a goalless draw that the locals considered good, but that it is not so good because, although it means adding against the best team in the category, it could imply that, once again, he is on the verge of relegation.
Victory for the Catalan team ensured promotion and, in the worst case scenario, a draw, something that they ended up getting and that returns to the top flight the season following its relegation and brilliantly, being clearly the best team in Segunda.
Whoever has achieved the return to the top category in the absence of four days for the conclusion of the championship being the top scorer in the category and the least thrashed to date, confirms their superiority over the rest of the rivals.
It was a match with one and the other tried to win but being cautious. Espanyol was not the overwhelming team and that they usually press from the beginning of the play thinking that the point was worth them while Real Zaragoza, as a lesser evil, seeing one more point in their locker against the leader seemed to be considered not excessively bad, although that will be dictated by the rest of their rivals’ markers for permanence.
The first half was even with both starting teams trying to secure possession when they had the ball because the pressure was not high but rather from the midfield line.
The Real Zaragoza managed to get more to the visiting area Although he did not finish the plays and in the middle of this period the Catalan team began to equalize the situation, approaching more through the area of Cristian Álvarez.
The two teams had a couple of good chances to get ahead, in the case of Zaragoza through Adrián González, whose shots Diego López rejected with problems, and in the case of the “parakeets” with Sergi Darder, who finished off slightly, and from Adrián. Embarba in a free kick that forced the goal of the team maño to make a great intervention.
The second half fell through similar paths to the first half, thinking of winning but with a point that no one was disgusted with.
The set of Juan Ignacio Martínez “JIM” started better, with a good opportunity for Iñigo Eguaras in 55 but the Barcelona team, as in a tracing of the first 45 minutes, evened things out over time and was able to score in 68 in a heads-up by Javi Puado in 68 that saved the goalkeeper ‘blanquillo’.
The last quarter of an hour was the minute of fear since the precautions that both had taken from the beginning grew and the two contenders walked with lead feet until the final whistle and practically accepting the tables.
0 – Real Zaragoza: Cristian Álvarez; Vigaray, Peybernes, Jair, Nieto; Zapater (Francho, m.65), Eguaras (Sanabria, m.85); Bermejo, Adrián (James, m.65), Narváez (Chavarría, m.85); and Iván Azón (Vuckic, m.88).
0 – Espanyol: Diego López; Oscar Gil, David López, Cabrera, Pedrosa; Darder, Keidi Bare (Lozano, m.88); Embarba (Vargas, m.88), Melendo (Nico Melamed, m.88), Puado (Fran Mérida, m.79); and Dimata (Wu Lei, m.66).
Referee: Pulido Santana (Committee of Las Palmas). He admonished Bermejo and Zapater, from the local team, and the visitor Dimata with a yellow card.
Incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 38 of the Second Division League, played at the La Romareda stadium in Zaragoza behind closed doors.