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MAR 06.09.2016 | NEWS

R. Zaragoza flying high at top of second tier, 13 years on

Luis Milla's men moved back into first place with their win over Huesca. The club was promoted in the last season when it topped the second tier, 2002/03.

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MAR 06.09.2016

Just three matchdays into the season, R. Zaragoza have already made history. The club managed by Luis Milla is sitting pretty at the summit of the LaLiga 1|2|3, something it had not done for 13 years before this campaign got underway. Curiously enough, the Aragonese outfit had led the way in the top flight more recently than that, doing so in 2004/05 following a 3-1 triumph against Getafe CF, albeit that was only after the first round of games.

On the evening of Monday 22 August, to wrap up LaLiga 1|2|3 Matchday 1. A brace from Angel and a strike from Manu Lanzarote secured the three points for Milla's charges. This was the club's first opening-matchday win for seven years, since overcoming CD Tenerife in August 2009, and ensured they went straight to the top of the table.

On Matchday 2, R. Zaragoza were held to a 3-3 draw on their visit to Lugo, despite Angel, the club's leading scorer, notching another double and Lanzarote once again finding the net. However, the point at the Estadio Angel Carro was not enough to hold on to first place, as Los Blanquillos (the Whites) slipped down to third.

This past weekend, though, R. Zaragoza reclaimed top spot with victory over SD Huesca. Jorge Casado's dramatic 89th-minute winner did the job and took his side back to the summit just like in the old days.

Paco Flores was at the helm in the last campaign when the Aragonese outfit topped the pile, 13 years ago, after defeating Levante UD through a Delio Toledo goal. Current Granada CF coach Paco Jemez was part of that R. Zaragoza squad, as were the likes of Constantin Galca, David Generelo, Juanele and a young Cani, who was just starting to make his name. Flores's team went on to gain promotion to LaLiga Santander that season and now Milla's side are hoping that history repeats itself.

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