First Division - Day 5

Deportivo La Coruña 0 - Racing Santander 2

Deportivo: Molina; Scaloni, César, Donato, Capdevila; Víctor (Manuel Pablo 88'), Sergio (Duscher 46'), Mauro Silva, Fran; Diego Tristán (Luque 65'), Makaay. 4-4-2.
Ceballos; Pineda, Moratón, Juanma, Sietes; Ismael, Nafti; Pablo Lago (Pablo Sierra 40'), Munitis (Benayoun 88'), Regueiro; Javi Guerrero (Bodipo 75'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Molina, Donato, Capdevila, Víctor, Diego Tristán for Juanmi, Héctor, Naybet, Romero, Duscher / Racing: Regueiro, Javi Guerrero for Txiki, Diego Alonso.

0-1. 28. Javi Guerrero. Ran on to long ball from Sietes to shoot across Molina.
0-2. 72. Javi Guerrero. Following up after Juanma header came off post.

Deportivo lost their third match at home this season, this time 0-2 to Racing Santander, and they now find themselves four points behind the leaders. It was a deserved victory for the visitors though, who have now won three of their last four matches in the Riazor stadium. Although Diego Tristán and Sergio got in the first attack, a long high ball by Sietes midway through the first half caught the defence napping. The pass fell to Javi Guerrero, who was given a start up front by Preciado for this game, and he took full advantage to run on past the offside trap and roll a shot past Molina.

Inspired by Munitis, Racing did not give up on the attack, and both the ex Real Madrid forward and Nafti shot just wide. At the other end an off-form Tristán failed to capitalise on a chance, and soon after the restart Makaay hit the post from outside of the area. The Cantabrians were still looking the better side though, and Molina had to make a point blank save from Guerrero to stop him increasing the lead.

But the keeper could do nothing a few minutes later when Nafti's cross was headed onto the post by Juanma, and the striker stuck in the rebound from a possible offside position. The result could have been even bigger had Molina not saved from Munitis and Ismael, and Depor's only consolation was the return of Manuel Pablo, who came on as substitute at the end for his first league appearance since breaking his leg last season. Racing rise up the table to ninth, only two points now behind their opponents.