| Manuel Labor reports.....
Copa del Rey
|First Division - Day Sixteen|
Deportivo de La Coruña 1 - Celta de Vigo 0
Manuel Pablo, Donato, Naybet, Romero; Mauro Silva, Flavio; Víctor,
Djalminha, Turu Flores; Makaay. 4-2-3-1.
For the first time in their history, the two Gallician sides met in a local derby holding the two top spots in the league, and sold out signs were posted around the 36,000 seater Riazor stadium for the first time in many seasons before the match. Although both managers had tried to keep it low key all week, with so much at stake the atmosphere was red hot, and tempers were raised on several occasions throughout the match. Both teams lined up virtually unchanged, with Turu Flores coming in for Jokanovic for the home side, and Giovanella replacing Celades for the visitors. Both sides played the same formation, with Makaay keeping out Pauleta as Deportivo's sole striker, and Turdó now a first choice up front for Celta to the detriment of McCarthy. If anything Celta were the better side in the first half, with Songo'o tipping Gustavo López's shot onto the crossbar in the 12th minute, and Cáceres missing a close range header shortly afterwards. Deportivo came back in the second half however, and Turu Flores finally broke the deadlock in the 64th minute, running on to a loose ball on the left of the penalty area and shooting first time past Dutruel. The match at times was more like an international diving contest, with players from both sides making spectacular falls as well as a series of genuinely hard tackles. Referee Llonch Andreu was forced to intervene as early as the fourth minute, booking Gustavo López for a foul on Víctor, and with Djalminha, Mostovoi and Juanfran in particular looking for trouble, he got out the yellow card another seven times, eventually sending off Djalminha in the last minute for a second bookable offence. Ramis came on for his first appearance of the season, replacing the injured Donato, who at 36 is the oldest man in the league, other late substitutes being Jokanovic and Fernando for Depor and McCarthy for Celta. This was Deportivo's seventh win in a row, a club record, and they now move eight points ahead of their rivals.
Athletic Bilbao 2 - Zaragoza 2
Etxeberria; Larrazábal, Lacruz, Alkorta, Carlos García,
Larrainzar; Urrutia, Alkiza, Guerrero; Joseba Etxeberria, Ezquerro. 5-3-2.