Champions League

Manchester United 2 - Deportivo La Coruña 3

Manchester United: Barthez; Neville, Johnsen (Brown 08'). Blanc, Irwin (Solksjaer 85'); Keane, Verón; Beckham, Scholes (Cole 63'), Giggs; Van Nistelroy. 4-2-3-1.
Molina (Nuno 46'); Héctor, Donato, Naybet, Romero (Capdevila 80'); Duscher, Sergio; Víctor, Valerón, Amavisca; Diego Tristán (Pandiani 83'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 07. Van Nistelroy. Shot low across Molina after Giggs through ball.
1-1. 37. Sergio. Scored into empty net after Barthéz and Brown mix up.
1-2. 39. Diego Tristán. Headed over keeper into top corner after Héctor cross.
2-2. 40. Van Nistelroy. Lifted ball over keeper from wide angle on right of goal.
2-3. 60. Diego Tristán. Rounded Brown and shot into net after Barthéz error.

Deportivo La Coruña are virtually qualified for the next phase after defeating Manchester United at Old Trafford by 2-3. Irureta put out his best available team, missing the injured Mauro Silva, Makkay and Fran, but with Djalminha back on the bench. It was an open and exciting match, with the English side taking the lead early on through Van Nistelroy after Giggs slipped the ball through to him. However a misunderstanding between Barthez and Brown, who had replaced the injured Johnsen early on, let in Sergio for the equaliser. Two minutes later Depor were in front, Diego Tristán heading the ball over the stranded Barthez for his third goal in four days.

The lead only lasted a minute though before Van Nistelroy made it all square again before the break, somehow squeezing the ball past Molina as he came to widen the angle. The Depor keeper was injured minutes later as he blocked a shot from Beckham, and had to be replaced by Nuno at the break. Either side could have added to their scoreline, but with an hour gone on the clock another mistake by Barthéz, coming out of his area and giving the ball away, allowed Tristán to score what was to be the winner. It was Depor's second victory against the English champions in a row, and takes them to the top of their group with eight points. Manchester are still second with six, with Lille and Olympiakos on four.