Champions' League, quarter final second leg

Deportivo 4 - AC Milan 0

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 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. And incredibly they 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 after running on to a long clearance by Molina. Pandiani's away goal in the first leg now put Irureta's side ahead, but just to make sure substitute Fran blasted a shot in off the boot of Cafu to make it four a quarter of an hour from the end. 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? (07.04.04)

Monaco 3 - Real Madrid 1

Real Madrid are out of the Champions' League. The competition favourites failed to reach the semi-finals for the first time in five years after losing on the away goals rule to Monaco. The Spaniards were defending a 4-2 lead from the first leg, and when Raúl put them further ahead ten minutes before the break, nobody imagined that the French side would be capable of scoring three goals to win the tie. But Giuly crashed home a long shot on the stroke of half time to level the scores on the night, and Morientes rose to head Evra's cross wide of Casillas only three minutes after the restart. Now there was only one goal in it, and midway through the second half Giuly produced a deft back-flick from Ibarra's driven cross to steer the ball through the legs of a defender and in to the net. Raúl thought he had scored eight minutes later but his headed goal was disallowed for a borderline offside, but Monaco could have extended their lead when substitutes Nonda and then Adebayor struck the post. When Raúl failed to guide a long ball on target it was all over, leaving the visiting fans shell-shocked. It will be nothing short of a miracle if Carlos Queiroz is still in a job by the end of the week. (06.04.04)

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