Almeria is virtually doomed to be relegated from the Spanish League after losing 1-0 to fellow struggler Zaragoza on Monday.

The only goal came 19 minutes from time. Zaragoza captain Gabi let fly with a powerful drive which hit the post and rebounded — then went in off the back of luckless Almeria keeper Diego Alves.Gabi claimed the goal as his, but it will probably be put down as an own goal by Alves.The latest defeat leaves poor Almeria well adrift at the bottom, with just 26 points from 33 games.

The result: Real Zaragoza 1 (Diego Alves 70-og) bt Almeria 0 . — DPA

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