PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 14 - 2 Dec 2012 (20.00 UK)
1 - 1
Victor 85 (M), Postiga 16 (Z)
Iberostar Stadium

Joaquin Caparros spoke of nervous Mallorca players, Manolo Jimenez could only see pride and a little frustration in his team.

Mallorca could only draw at home to 10-man Real Zaragoza, after missing a first-half penalty and needing an 85th-minute goal to record the eventual 1-1 result.

 “We ran out of time to find the winning goal, but the players have an anxiety to change the current run of form and are rushing things,” commented Caparros after the draw on Sunday.

“They want to offer a win to the fans, to end the streak that has seen us add just two points from the last 27 available, but they are arriving in games with a state of anxiety that cannot lead to anything good.

“We had many chances, indeed the goal of Victor [a header] was modelled on previous plays, but that we did not score from.

“We had no time left in the second half and I’m left with the control and fight of my players, who gave everything to change the form.

“The only way to change things is to work to the limit to achieve our goals.”

Meanwhile, counterpart Jimenez was downbeat for seeing Victor Casadesus score with five minutes remaining to rescue a point for Mallorca against his team.

“We sunk with that late goal, and whilst it is true that Mallorca did have their chances, we had endured more than 80 minutes with 10 men after the expulsion of our defender for nothing, which conditioned the game,” summed up Jimenez afterwards.

“My team were well behaved to defend with discipline and camaraderie in Mallorca’s stadium. This point, though, is not enough because we worked hard and did enough to win after the success of Roberto in saving the early penalty and when Helder Postiga scored when we were down to 10.”

For Jimenez, it was a particular move of Joaquin Caparros that proved the difference between Zaragoza winning and in the end drawing.

“Clearly Joaquin match Giovani dos Santos with Alejandro Alfaro because he created many issues for us on the wing and obliged us to go an extra mile.”


Loovens sent off 13 (Zaragoza), Victor missed penalty 14 (Mallorca)

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