MADRID, March 13 (Reuters)
- Real Madrid dropped points at the Bernabeu for only
the second time this season when they were held to a 1-1
draw by Real Zaragoza on Saturday in a game overshadowed
by this week's bomb attacks in the city.
There was a sombre
atmosphere at the Real Madrid stadium as the players of
both sides walked on to the pitch carrying a huge white
banner emblazoned with a black ribbon of mourning and
wearing black armbands.
At one end of the
stadium supporters unfurled a huge Spanish flag during
the minute's silence that preceded the match and many of
the 70,000 fans held aloft flags and banners in memory
of the 200 victims of Thursday's train bombings.
Real, fielding several
second-string players, took the lead just before the
half hour when former youth team striker Javier Portillo
headed in at the far post after reserve midfielder
Juanfran had clipped in a fine cross from the right.
But Zaragoza, who play
Real in next week's King's Cup final, hit back four
minutes later when defender Delio Toledo nodded in with
an angled header after a corner.
Real coach Carlos
Queiroz threw on first choice midfielders Luis Figo and
Guti in the second half but they were unable to break
down the disciplined Zaragoza defence.
The visitors came
closest to snatching a win, Argentine midfielder Luciano
Galletti denied by a fine save from keeper Iker Casillas
after he had raced through on goal and Gorna Drulic
hitting the post 12 minutes from time.