This day in history of Ronaldo
Real Madrid missed out on the chance to take temporary possession of the Spanish league lead as they played out a goalless draw at Real Zaragoza. Both sides had plenty of chances in an eventful match that the Spanish champions finished with ten men.
Centre back Francisco Pavon, booked in the first half, was given a second yellow card with twenty minutes to go for a tug on David Villa.
Without the injured David Beckham, Real Madrid lacked authority in midfield despite the presence of Ivan Helguera, and the home side squandered a host of chances to take all three points.
Twice in the first half winger Luciano Galletti went close, firing just wide from long range before hitting the post after a flowing Zaragoza build-up.
The visitors were much-improved after the break, and peppered Cesar Lainez's goal with second-half efforts. On 64 minutes Roberto Carlos shot against the post from outside the box, and looked on aghast as Ronaldo missed a simple rebound.
Madrid skipper Raul should have scored two minutes later when running onto a superb Guti through-ball but dallied, and Lainez smothered his attempt. He later had a goalbound header cleared off the line by Delio Toledo.
After Pavon saw red, coach Carlos Queiroz removed Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo in an attempt to tighten up the Madrid defence.
But there was still time for Zaragoza's midfield general Leonardo Ponzio to bring a fantastic save out of Iker Casillas with a fizzing 25-metre drive.
Zaragoza stay in sixteenth position, while Madrid's draw gives fellow title challengers Deportivo and Valencia the chance to escape their illustrious rivals when they play Mallorca and Celta Vigo respectively on Wednesday night.