La Liga: Athletico end poor run with home win
MADRID, Jan 21 (Reuters) - An aggressive Atletico Madrid earned their first win in 11 league games after goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Fernando Torres gave them a 2-0 victory at Real Zaragoza in the Primera Liga on Saturday.
Maxi scored just before the half hour when he poked a shot under advancing keeper Cesar after scorching down the right to meet a clever through ball from playmaker Ariel Ibagaza.
The Argentine winger then helped secure the points when he won a penalty early in the second half after being felled by Cesar following another great run along the right wing.
Leading striker Torres sent Cesar the wrong way with his spot kick as Atletico produced a determined and gritty display throughout to inflict a first defeat in seven league matches on Zaragoza, who put them out of the King's Cup in midweek.
It was also a first win for Atletico's new coach Pepe Murcia who took charge when Carlos Bianchi was sacked this month.
Fourth placed Real Madrid, who have won just once in four league games, will be out to make home advantage tell against Cadiz when they host the Andalucians in Saturday's late match.
Leaders and reigning champions Barcelona, who top the table by seven points from Osasuna, host bottom side Alaves on Sunday.