First Division - Day 11

Deportivo 5 - Osasuna 1

Deportivo: Molina; Scaloni, Donato, Helder, Romero; Duscher, Sergio (Mauro Silva 80'); Víctor, Valerón (Djalmina 60'), Amavisca; Diego Tristán (Makaay 55'). 4-2-3-1.
Osasuna: Unzué; Mateo, Cruchaga, Contreras, Yanguas; Puñal, Alfredo (Iban Pérez 70'); Rivero (Lekumberri 46'), Iván Rosado (Montenegro 72'), Gancedo; Aloisi. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Molina, Scaloni, Helder for Nuno, Héctor, César / Osasuna: No change.

0-1. 08. Aloisi. Took return pass from Gancedo to beat keeper from right of goal.
1-1. 18. Diego Tristán. Ran on to through ball from Valerón to beat keeper.
2-1. 26. Diego Tristán. Controlled Víctor cross and shot in off defender.
3-1. 37. Donato. Shot into bottom corner after short free kick.
4-1. 38. Amavisca. Chipped keeper after receiving pass from Tristán.
5-1. 67. Makaay. Low shot past keeper after long cross from Sergio.

Deportivo held on to top spot with a convincing victory over Osasuna. The match saw the return to action of Depor's first choice keeper Molina after an injury, and Irureta brought in Scaloni in the right back position in order to rest Héctor, who had been playing continuously since Manuel Pablo got injured. Osasuna were unchanged, although Lotina changed his formation around, switching Mateo and Yanguas to the full back positions in an attempt to close down Deportivo's wing play. Australian international Aloisi kept his place up front for the last time before going on to play for his country, and he gave his side a surprise lead after an incisive passing move with Gancedo put him through.

Their joy didn't last long though, as Deportivo swarmed forward. Diego Tristán had already given an early warning forcing a good save out of Unzué, and he turned the score around with two goals in eight minutes, the first after the on-form Valerón but him through and the second after Cruchaga slipped and let through Víctor's cross from the right wing. Donato added a third from a short free kick after Tristán was fouled on the edge of the area, and Amavisca made it four with a chipped goal a minute later. Lotina brought on Lekumberri at half time and managed to slow things down, but substitute Makaay did get another only a few minutes after coming on for Tristán midway through the half. Barcelona's defeat means that Depor open up a two point gap, and they are also top scorers in the league, with Tristán heading the Pichichi chart with seven goals.