First Division - Day 3

Real Sociedad 1 - Deportivo de La Coruña 1

Real Sociedad: Asper; López Rekarte, Corino, Loren, Aranzábal; Pikabea, Aranburu; Collet, Idiakez (Khokhlov 70'), De Pedro (Gurrutxaga 55'); Jankauskas (De Paula 80'). 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo, Helder, Donato, Romero; Mauro Silva, Emerson (Djalminha 55', César Sampaio 65'); Scaloni, Valerón (Pandiani 68'), Fran; Diego Tristán. 4-3-2-1.

Team changes: Real: Loren, Aranzábal, De Pedro for Gurrutxaga, Khokhlov, Jauregui / Deportivo: Helder, Víctor for Naybet, Scaloni.

1-0. 05. Jankauskas. Ran on to pass from Fuentes down right, cut in and scored.
1-1. 57. Pandiani. Headed Djalminha's free kick past Asper.

Walter Pandiani and Djalminha both made brief appearances in the second half for Deportivo La Coruña, but between them they saved this match and kept their team in second place in the league. They came on within a few minutes of the start of the second half just after Real Sociedad were reduced to ten men, as Irureta made changes to try and pull back from a goal down. Deportivo were awarded an indirect free kick outside of the area, and Djalminha's kick found the head of Pandiani, who steered it past Asper for the equaliser. A minute later Pandiani was on his way to the dressing rooms after a vicious tackle from behind on Aranburu which earned him a direct red card from referee López Nieto. Djalminha, who was nursing a knee injury, only lasted seven minutes longer before he had to go off again, the player leaving the pitch in tears after realizing that the injury was worse than he thought.

Javier Clemente made three changes to his side, dropping youngsters Gurrutxaga and Jauregui, and Russia's Khokhlov after losing heavily to Celta last week. Irureta brought back Víctor, and gave Helder a start in place of Naybet. Within five minutes Real took the lead, Jankauskas galloping on to a long ball down the right touchline, beating the offside trap and running on to score past Molina, the first goal he has let in in the league this season. Depor came back and Asper saved from Fran and Víctor, with Jankauskas and Idiakez trying to lob Molina at the other end.

Four minutes into the second half, López Nieto sent off Loren for a second bookable offence, Clemente brought on an extra defender Gurrutxaga for a disappointed De Pedro, and the Pandiani-Djalminha show began. After they both left centre stage things calmed down a bit, with Tristán still trying to get off the mark for his new club without much help from his colleagues, and Molina keeping out efforts from the Real forwards. The draw keeps Deportivo in second place, ahead of Real Madrid on goal average, with Real Sociedad still without a win in the bottom part of the table.