A goal by Poveda and another from a penalty by Bermejo proved Real Zaragoza’s mathematical stability against Cartagena, practically saying goodbye to its chances. play off, A goodbye that could be the last on this day too if Albacete beat Alavés at Carlos Belmonte tomorrow.
Frans Escriba introduced four novelties to the eleven: Cristian Álvarez, once his one match suspension was over, Zaragoza returned in goal for the loss of Ratan, Larrazabal replaced the injured Fran GÃ©mez and Francis and Wada Luis came on for López and Puche, which led to a change in formation, from the usual 4–4–2 to a 4–2–3–1. For his part, Luis Carrion brought on Alcala, Pepe and Franchu in place of the suspended Datkovic, Mikel Rico and Jairo.
After a few minutes of testing, Ivan Azon with a header from Franco’s cross, and De Blasis in a free kick, were the first to try their luck, but their shots went too high. Shortly after, after 25 minutes, Bermejo won a ball on the right wing, found Wada and the Argentine invented a heel shot for Ezon, whose shot deflected off Alcala for a corner. And in the same corner kick came the first goal of the match. Bebe brilliantly kicked the corner with a tense cross at the near post, and Poveda, in his attempt to clear, touched his head lightly and slotted the ball into his goal. Own goal for Cartagena which brings the number of consecutive games scored by Zaragoza to ten.
The goal was being celebrated in La Romareda when the Valentine team was about to score the second. Bermejo took advantage of a mistake by Martos, raced to the finish line and assisted Vada, whose shot from the edge of the short area, with everything in his favour, brushed the post. It was the last dangerous act of a first half that hardly had a chance and Zaragoza gradually took control of the game.
Carrion brought on Ureña for Borja Valle at half-time and it was the newcomer on the field who tried his luck first, but his shot from outside the area went too high. Zaragoza didn’t take long to respond. First a lateral free kick on another good cross from Bebe and then a shot by Nieto which Alcala deflected into the corner. Next, turn to the controversy. VAR informed the referee so he could see on the monitors a possible penalty by Nieto on Franchou and García Verdura pointed out a foul from Poveda to Franchou at the start of the play.
Already in the middle of the second half, Escriba decided to bring on Molejo, who reappeared three and a half months after his ankle fracture. Vigare also participated, having played only twelve minutes this season and coming off injury like his teammate, while Carrion decided to field all his substitutions when there was still a quarter of an hour left. was a part And in the midst of this carousel of changes, Bebe finished off a Zaragoza counter with a shot from the edge of the area that went up.
Bermejo also had his chance, with his shot being found by Jairo, although the clearest chance of the penalty came from Bébé himself, who received a fine pass from Vigare and finished wide in the one-on-one match against Escandel. Cartagena, for their part, tried to cross into the box and from a corner, De Blasis got himself high. The visitors had a chance to tie, as in extra time Jairo awarded a penalty to Bermejo, who took responsibility to shoot it and sealed the match with his fifth goal of the course.
Oscar Ureña (45′, Borja Valle), alfredo ortuno (63′, Franco), jairo izquierdo (63′, Ivan Martos), Victor Molejo (68′, Valentine Wada), david blacksmith (75′, Damien Musto), Isaac Johnson (75′, Ivan Calero), carlos vigray (78′, Gajka Larazabal), miguel puche (78′, Ivan Azon), alberto zapater (88′, baby)
1-0, 26′: dario poveda2-0, 95′: Sergio Bermejo
Referee: Victor Garcia Verdura
VAR Referees: Gorka Sagues Oscoz, Jose Luis Guzmán Mancilla
Christian Alvarez (88′, Yellow)