Deportivo La Coruña 2 - Juventus 0
Iuliano, Ferrara, Montero (Conte 46'); Birindelli , Tacchinardi (Zalayeta 80'),
Maresca (Davids 46'), Pessoto; Nedved; Del Piero, Trezeguet. 3-4-1-2.
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Deportivo La Coruña took a big step towards qualifying for the quarter finals with an impressive 2-0 victory over Italian giants Juventus. With all four teams level coming in to this week's games, Deportivo really needed to win, and Irureta put out a more attacking side, with Scaloni switching back to the right of defence and Víctor returning on the right wing. It was a rainy night in La Coruña, but a packed 30,000 crowd turned out for this match, and they were not disappointed as Depor put in one of their best performances of the season. Scaloni brought a first save out of Buffon as early as the second minute, and the Gallicians took the lead a few minutes later when Diego Tristán ducked low to meet Víctor's cross in from the right, his header flying wide of the keeper. It was the on-form striker's 21st of the season, and the Spanish international came close to adding a second on the stroke of half time when the keeper just got a hand to his shot.
Juventus had not been causing too many problems for Molina other than a Birindelli free kick which he tipped over the bar, and Lippi made changes and brought on the experienced Davids and Conte at the break. Swedish referee Anders Frisk had been very lenient with yellow cards, letting off several of the Italian players for hard tackles, but he did get out the black book when Davids protested after a foul, and when the controversial Dutch international continued to argue he produced a second yellow card and sent him off. That was a body blow to Lippi's men, and five minutes later second half substitute Djalminha got his head to Sergio's cross to beat Buffon and it was all over. Irureta did lose César to an injury five minutes from the end, and with no more central defenders left he brought on Capdevila, with Romero switching to the middle. However that did not worry the fans, and after Trezeguet shot just wide Frisk called it a day. Depor had beaten Juventus for the first time in their history, and they go second in the group but level on points with leaders Arsenal, who they visit in two weeks time.