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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Romareda (ATT 24,000) 20th August 2012 - Kick off 22:00 Ref: Hernandez Hernandez

Zaragoza Real Zaragoza vs Real Valladolid Valladolid

Zaragoza 0


Valladolid 1

Oscar (45)

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Last Updated: 21/08/12 9:31am

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Oscar: Scored the vital goal

Oscar: Scored the vital goal

Newly promoted Real Valladolid began the Primera Division season with victory over Real Zaragoza at La Romareda.

Midfielder Oscar, who spent four years with Zaragoza before joining Olympiacos in 2008, was the matchwinner, scoring towards the end of the first half to earn the visitors the three points.

They could even afford to miss a second half penalty, with Victor Perez Alonso missing the target.

The hosts survived the drop by just two points last season and look like they could be in for a similarly tough campaign after failing to create many chances.

Neither side imposed themselves on the game early on with Helder Postiga's tame 15th-minute effort the first on target, easily saved by Jaime, with the goalkeeper denying Apono two minutes later.

Oscar had the visitors' best chance of the early stages but from 12 yards out shot over.

The visitors were in the ascendancy and should have taken the lead after 35 minutes but Javi Guerra's volley from six yards went wide of the left post.

However Valladolid were not to be denied and broke through with seconds of the first half remaining as Omar Ramos played in Oscar who from six yards stroked the ball home.

Realising his team needed to show a lot more creativity in the second period, Zaragoza coach Manolo Jimenez brought on Jose Mari for Romaric at the break.

It seemed to work as Postiga twice went close to opening his account for the campaign. First a header from just inside the area was tipped around the post by Jaime before the goalkeeper denied the striker, holding the Portuguese's right-footed strike from the edge of the box.

Valladolid should have gone two goals up after Apono handled in the area from a Patrick Ebert free-kick, however Perez sent the spot-kick wide of the left upright.

Zaragoza looked to make the most of the let-off, with Apono shooting wide with seven minutes left, but that was as close as they got in the closing stages as Valladolid made the perfect start in their first game back in the top flight.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
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2 Barcelona 20 47
3 Atletico Madrid 20 44
4 Valencia 20 41
5 Sevilla 19 39
6 Villarreal 20 38
7 Malaga 20 32
8 Eibar 20 27
9 Espanyol 20 26
10 Rayo Vallecano 20 23
11 Real Sociedad 20 22
12 Celta Vigo 20 21
13 Athletic Bilbao 20 20
14 Getafe 20 20
15 Cordoba 20 18
16 Deportivo La Coruna 20 18
17 Elche 20 17
18 Almeria 20 16
19 Levante 20 16
20 Granada 20 15