Deportivo La Coruña 4 - AC Milan 0
Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Naybet, Romero; Sergio (Duscher 87'), Mauro Silva;
Víctor, Valerón (Djaminha 91'), Luque (Fran 66'); Pandiani.
A magic night in the Riazor stadium, where Deportivo La Coruña turned over a 4-1 first leg against reigning champions AC Milan to make it through to the semi-finals for the first time in their history. It was a brilliant performance from Irureta's side, who have now knocked out last season's two finalists in successive rounds after beating Juventus last month, and they now go on to play last year's UEFA cup winners Porto in a couple of weeks' time.
It only took the Galicians five minutes to get off the mark, Pandiani picking up a pass from the left and beating Dida on the turn. Molina had had to save from Tomasson a minute before the goal, and produced another block later in the first half when Kaká got free. But Víctor could have increased the lead when his deflected shot hit the post, and Dida just managed to get down to turn Valerón's effort round the post after clever play from Víctor.
Incredibly though Deportivo went in at the break ahead in the tie, Luque setting up Valerón to head into an empty net after Dida misread his cross, and then scoring himself on the stroke of half time after running on to a long clearance by Molina past Nesta and Cafu before driving a shot high into the roof of the net.
Pandiani's away goal in the first leg now put Irureta's side ahead, and the Italians came forward after the restart, Tomasson getting free of the defence but shooting wide. But Víctor fired a shot just over the bar at the other end, and with a quarter of an hour to go substitute Fran picked up a long cross from the right and fired in a fierce shot which deflected off the boot of Cafu into the net.
Molina had to be at his best to save from Rui Costa and Inzaghi in the final minutes as Milan pushed forward to try and take the game into extra time, but the defence held on for what commentators are already calling the best match that Depor have ever played. Only two days ago all bets were on Real Madrid, Milan and Arsenal. Now all the favourites are out, and there will be another name on the cup. Will it be Deportivo's?