A premiere without gunpowder

Goalkeepers Cristian Álvarez and Germán barely had a job. The best chances were for Ekain, who headed at the post, and Narváez.


E tie to nothing between Real Zaragoza and Ibiza in the first league game. Goalkeepers Cristian Álvarez and Germán barely had work in a game with few occasions and in which it was evident that both teams need a little more gunpowder in attack. So while waiting for signings, the best of the night were the 8,000 fans who gathered at La Romareda and who made themselves heard as if they were many more.

Zaragoza came out quite plugged into the game and immediately found a foul on the edge of the area that Bermejo crashed into the head of Sergio Castel, who diverted to a corner. Ibiza, far from cowering, settled down little by little and responded with another direct free kick. In this case, a Bogusz incisor also ran into the barrier, but the ball was dead and Fran Grima bit him into the hands of Cristian Álvarez.

Without a clear dominator, Chavarría and Narváez tried their luck from outside the area, but the first lacked power and the second, aim. Ibiza were not far behind, but too long a control by Cifu in a delivery to the back of the defense and a quite deviant header from Ekain prevented that sense of danger from being transformed into clear scoring chances.

Zaragoza, which had gone through its worst minutes in the first half, gradually gained control of the ball, but lacked clarity and intention in the decisive meters and the only thing that stood out before reaching the break was a shot from James that he left quite high.

Nothing more to resume the meeting, Ibiza's first serious warning, as Ekain headed the post. Zaragoza, meanwhile, took a quarter of an hour to step on the rival area and did so after a good circulation of the ball that ended with a center from Fran Gámez and a failed Chilean attempt by Iván Azón. From there, the Aragonese began to feel more comfortable with the ball and Narváez had the clearest chance in his boots, but his first shot to a pass from Chavarría went slightly off track.

The Ibiza responded quickly and Cristian Álvarez had to deflect a shot from Appin who poisoned himself after touching Jair. The game was coming to an end and Zaragoza still had one last chance to win the three points. The youth squad Puche, who made his debut with the first team, put a pass between the lines to Chavarría and his center to the penalty spot was not hit by Narváez.

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