First Division - Day 32

Deportivo La Coruña 5 - Recreativo 0

Deportivo: Juanmi (Dani Mallo 70'); Manuel Pablo, César (Héctor 54'), Naybet, Romero; Sergio, Mauro Silva; Víctor, Valerón, Fran (Amavisca 66'); Makaay. 4-2-3-1.
Recreativo: Luque; Espinola, Loren, Iker Begoña, Pernía; Javi García (José Marí 46'), Viqueira (Cubillo 46'), Camacho, Benítez; Oscar Arpón; Raúl Molina (Quique Romero 67'). 4-4-1-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Juanmi, Manuel Pablo, Naybet for Molina, Scaloni, Héctor, / Recreativo: Iker Begoña for Alex.

1-0. 26. Valerón. Back header in off post from Víctor free kick.
2-0. 27. Víctor. Ran on to Valerón square pass to shoot into roof of net.
3-0. 33. Makaay (penalty). After referee ruled that Espinola fouled Valerón.
4-0. 37. Makaay. Spectacular first time volley from Romero's long cross.
5-0. 59. Makaay. Cut in from left past two defenders and hit low shot past Luque.

Deportivo La Coruña rejoined the race for the title with a 5-0 win over Recreativo Huelva. Alcaraz's side were no match for the Gallicians, who took some time to get going, but who scored four goals in a twelve minute period late in the first half. Valerón started things off with a back header from Víctor's free kick, and returned the favour a minute later to the winger for him to score the second after Romero had battled through on the left. After that it was the Roy Makaay show, the Dutch striker scoring a hat-trick to keep up his challenge for the European "Golden Boot" award. The first came from the penalty spot after referee Daudén Ibáñez ruled that Espinola had fouled Valerón, and he added a second with a first time volley from Romero's cross.

Alcaraz was at a loss what to do next, and he made two changes at the break, bringing on José Marí and Cubillo for Javi García and Viqeira. For a while they held their own, but then fifteen minutes in to the half Makaay made it 27 in the league with an individualist goal, cutting in from the left past two defenders to beat Luque again. That took him to the top of the European goalscorers table, ahead of Van Nistelrroy and Vieri, and he could have even added one or two more later on if Luque had not been on his best form.

Irureta gave a run out to third choice keeper Dani Mallo for the last twenty minutes, but he had nothing to do as the game came to a close without further incident. Depor stay level with Real Sociedad in joint second place, now only a point behind leaders Real Madrid. Recre left a little shell-shocked, but with Osasuna and Rayo losing and Alavés drawing they are no worse off than they were the week before.