Champions League

Juventus 0 - Deportivo La Coruña 0

Juventus: Buffon; Thuram, Iuliano, Ferrara, Pessoto (Zenoni 80'); Zambrotta, Conte (Zalayeta 80'), Tacchinardi (Maresca 61'), Davids; Del Piero, Trezeguet. 4-4-2.
Deportivo: Molina; Héctor, César, Naybet, Romero; Mauro Silva, Sergio; Scaloni, Valerón (Duscher 67'), Amavisca (Capdevila 91'); Diego Tristán (Pandiani 82'). 4-2-3-1.

Goals: None.

A second half penalty save by keeper Molina from Alejandro Del Piero gave Deportivo La Coruña an invaluable point at Juventus. Irureta had opted for a defensive line up for this match, hoping to repeat last season's scoreless draw at the Delle Alpi stadium, with three changes from the side who lost narrowly in Barcelona, Romero and Sergio coming in for Capdevila and Duscher, and Scaloni moving forward to right midfield to make room for Héctor. The main threat was Trezeguet, top scorer in the competition, and it took a good save from Molina early on to keep out the French international. Depor gave as good as they got though before the break, and although Diego Tristán was heavily marked, Scaloni tested Buffon with a long shot and Iuliano headed clear an effort from Sergio with the keeper beaten.

As the second half progressed though the Italians became more adventurous, and Trezeguet headed against the foot of the post from an unmarked position. Then Scottish referee Hugh Dallas awarded a penalty to Juventus a quarter of an hour from the end when César brought down Del Piero, and it appeared that Depor's defensive work had been in vain. However Molina threw himself to his right to turn the kick around the post and save the day. The unusually small crowd started to get on their idol's back after that, and after Amavisca cleared off the line from Trezeguet, Irureta went even more defensive, giving up any thought of becoming the first Spanish team to win in Turin since Real Madrid did so 40 years ago. Duscher came on for Valerón and Djalminha and Makaay stayed on the bench, leaving Tristán even more alone up front, but at least they gave nothing away and return to Gallicia with an important point in the bag. With Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal also drawing, all four teams are level on four points, and having two of three remaining games at home, Depor must now be favourites to reach the quarter final. Mission accomplished.