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La Romareda (ATT 21,000) 11th March 2013 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

Zaragoza Real Zaragoza vs Granada Granada

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Nerves prevail at Zaragoza

Last Updated: 11/03/13 10:16pm

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Cristian Sapunaru: Hit the post in goalless draw

Cristian Sapunaru: Hit the post in goalless draw

A nervy encounter between the two clubs immediately above the Primera Division relegation zone 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.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 16 35
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Villarreal 16 30
6 Sevilla 15 30
7 Malaga 16 30
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 16 19
12 Getafe 16 17
13 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 16 13
18 Granada 16 13
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 16 10