First Division - Day 38

Deportivo La Coruña 2 - Espanyol 1

Deportivo: Dani Mallo; Héctor, Donato (Djorovic 44'), Andrade, Capdevila; Víctor (Scaloni 36'), Sergio, Duscher, Amavisca; Makaay, Luque. 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Toni; Morales, Torricelli, Jarque, Lopo, David García; Velamazán, Fredson, Boghossian (Alex Fernández 63'), Roger (Oscar 63'); Milosevic (Tamudo 75'). 5-4-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Dani Mallo, Héctor, Duscher, Amavisca, Luque for Molina, Manuel Pablo, Mauro Silva, Valerón, Fran / Espanyol: Lopo, Velamazán, Fredson, Boghossian for Soldevilla, De la Peña, Maxi, Oscar.

0-1. 12. Roger. Long, low shot from outside area which beat Dani Mallo.
1-1. 75. Makaay. Charged down Fredson clearance which rebounded into net.
2-1. 76. Luque. First time shot on far post after Makaay square pass.

Deportivo La Coruña were already assured of third place, and they ended the season with a 2-1 win against Espanyol which actually gives them more points than when they won the title. The Gallicians had to come back from behind to do so though, Roger putting the visitors in front in the twelfth minute with a long shot which beat third choice keeper Dani Mallo. It was the only real action in a dull first half, in which the highlight came just near the end when Irureta pulled off the 40 year old Donato so that he could (presumably) say goodbye to the public he has delighted for ten years.

The second half started with two disallowed goals, the first from Boghossian who was surprisingly included in Clemente's line up and the second at the other end from Luque. Depor appeared to be struggling, but two goals in a minute in the second half turned the result around. The first was a rather fortunate effort from Makaay, who equalled Bebeto's club record and also confirmed the European Golden Boot with his 29th of the season when Fredson's attempted clearance rebounded off his head into the net. The Dutch striker then turned provider for Luque to slide in the winning goal immediately afterwards.