First Division - Day 4

Alavés 1 - Deportivo La Coruña 2

Alavés: Dutruel; Edu Alonso, Geli (Ibón Begoña 75'), Abelardo, Téllez, Llorens; Astudillo, Desio, Pablo (Turiel 84'), Magno (Ilie 64'); Iván Alonso. 5-4-1.
Deportivo: Juanmi; Héctor, Naybet, César, Romero; Duscher, Mauro Silva; Scaloni, Sergio (Diego Tristán 57'), Fran (Capdevila 80'); Makaay (Luque 70'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Alavés: Dutruel, Geli, Desio, Magno for Juan Pablo, Turiel, Ibón Begoña, Ilie / Deportivo: Héctor, César, Duscher for Donato, Víctor, Valerón.

1-0. 53. Iván Alonso. Far post header across keeper from Llorens long cross.
1-1. 69. Diego Tristán. Placed header into bottom corner from Fran free kick.
1-2. 89. Capdevila. Scrambled ball home after Luque hit crossbar.

A last minute goal by Capdevila gave Deportivo a 1-2 victory at Alavés. Despite their midweek defeat at the hands of AC Milan, Irureta decided to stick to the same block of players, with Sergio playing further forward in the place of the injured Valerón, Scaloni moving forward to take over from Víctor and Diego Tristán still on the bench. They were outplayed though in the first half by an enthusiastic home side, and were lucky not to be behind at the break after Juanmi had saved well from Magno early on and Edu Alonso had put a chance over the bar later on.

The Vitoria based side did take the lead though eight minutes in to the second half, Iván Alonso rising above the defence to head home a long cross from Llorens. Irureta had learnt his lesson against Milan, and this time he didn't wait too long to bring on Diego Tristán, the striker replacing a disappointing Sergio soon after the goal. And it only took him ten minutes to show his manager that he is back on form, placing a header through a crowd of players and in to the corner of the net to level the scores.

A few minutes later Tristán almost gave his side the lead, his clever diving header bouncing back off the bar with Dutruel beaten. Alavés were on the back foot, and with a minute to go late substitute Capdevila scrambled the ball home, the ball falling to him after Luque had hit the bar and Duscher's follow up shot had been blocked by Dutruel. Alavés felt hard done by, and a draw would probably have been a fairer result, but the win took Deportivo temporarily joint top of the table level with their neighbours Celta, who were playing the following day.