First Division - Day 31

Mallorca 3 - Deportivo La Coruña 0

Mallorca: Leo Franco; David Cortés, Lussenhoff, Fernando Niño, Poli; Novo Marcos, Ibagaza (Campano 76'), Riera; Eto'o (Biagini 85'), Pandiani (Carlos 85'). 4-4-2.
Deportivo: Molina; Scaloni, Héctor, César, Romero; Sergio (Duscher 80'), Mauro Silva; Víctor, Valerón (Amavisca 71'), Fran (Luque 46'); Makaay. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Marcos for Lozano / Deportivo: Héctor, Romero for Naybet, Capdevila.

1-0. 03. Eto'o. Header into far corner of net from Novo's cross.
2-0. 13. Riera. Picked up ball on left of area and shot across keeper.
3-0. 63. Eto'o. Beat keeper after Pandiani knocked across Ibagaza pass.

Mallorca extended their unbeaten run to seven games and closed in on the UEFA cup spots after beating Deportivo 3-0. The pre-match build up was dominated by Donato's refusal to travel with the Depor players to Palma after being told that he would only be a substitute, and right back Héctor was given the place of the indisposed Naybet in the centre of defence. He could do nothing though when Eto'o met Novo's cross in the third minute to head over Molina and in to the corner of the net, and the visitors went further behind with less than a quarter of an hour gone when Riera collected a loose ball and surprised the keeper with an angled shot into the far bottom corner of the net.

Depor were showing none of the form that had taken them to within a point of the leaders, and only the crossbar stopped Eto'o from adding a third goal with a spectacular overhead kick. The Gallicians first shot at goal didn't come until shortly before the break when Valerón tried his luck, but the home side got the ball in the net again soon afterwards, Eto'o's strike being eventually ruled out by Losantos Omar after the linesman finally convinced the referee that Novo had received the ball in an offside position in the build up to the goal.

Irureta brought on Luque at half time to try and get back in the game, but it was Eto'o again who got the next goal, Pandiani laying across Ibagaza's pass for him to score. There was no reaction from the visitors, and the defeat leaves them four points adrift of Real Madrid. San Moix has not been a happy ground for them in recent years, and after losing their cup semi-final there earlier in the season, their league title hopes may just have gone the same way.