Zaragoza claim cup scalp
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Zaragoza put an end to Barcelona's 18-match winning run in the King's Cup.Real Zaragoza put an end to Barcelona's imperious 18-match winning run when they stunned the Spanish champions 4-2 in the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg.
Barcelona's back four failed to cope with some enterprising Zaragoza attacking raids and found themselves three goals down within the opening half-an-hour.
Talented Argentine striker Diego Milito was the first to breach Barca's rearguard in the 22nd minute after finishing calmly from a cute pass from the impressive Cani.
Milito's striker partner Ewerthon then stole the plaudits when he grabbed a clinically taken brace in the 25th and 27th minutes respectively.
With Zaragoza cruising, Barcelona's Swedish hit-man Henrik Larsson pulled his side back into the contest with a archetypal header ten minutes before the break before Ronaldinho converted a dubiously awarded penalty just past the hour mark.
With Barcelona now looking strong, with two goals to take back to Camp Nou, Milito made the tie all that more interesting when in injury time he too dispatched from the spot following Edmilson's handball.