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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

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 31 62
6 Villarreal 31 51
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Espanyol 32 42
10 Celta Vigo 31 39
11 Real Sociedad 31 38
12 Rayo Vallecano 31 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Eibar 31 31
15 Elche 31 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 31 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 31 24
20 Cordoba 31 19