First Division - Day 14

Valladolid 1 - Deportivo La Coruña 1

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Julio César, Jonathan, Marcos; Jesús (Ricchetti 53'), Sousa (Caminero 73'); Fernando Sales, Oscar González, Zapata (Chema 46'); Makukula. 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Molina; Héctor, Andrade, César, Capdevila; Duscher, Sergio; Scaloni, Valerón (Munitis 71'), Fran (Víctor 81'); Diego Tristán (Luque 74'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: No change / Deportivo: César, Capdevila, Duscher, Scaloni, Fran, Diego Tristán for Naybet, Romero, Mauro Silva, Víctor, Munitis, Luque.

0-1. 48. Jonathan (own goal). Headed ball past own keeper from Héctor's cross.
1-1. 63. Oscar González. Headed down past Molina after Makukula challenge.

Third placed Deportivo La Coruña were held to a 1-1 draw by Valladolid, and stay behind Real Madrid and Valencia. As is his wont, Irureta made six changes to the side that played at the weekend, although the absence of Mauro Silva through suspension was one he would have preferred not to make. His replacement Duscher was lucky not to have a penalty given against him when he tripped Oscar González in the area in the first half, referee Pérez Burrull opting instead to show a yellow card to the forward player.

Scoring chances were few and far between in the first half, the best though falling to the home side when Molina blocked a shot from Jesús with his face at point blank range following a corner. The Galicians took the lead though three minutes in to the second half, Jonathan producing a header from Héctor's cross which any forward would have been proud of. Unfortunately though it was in his own net. The goal though did provide a curious anecdote, in that Depor's only three goals in their last six games have been own goals.

Valladolid had been unbeaten in their previous six games though, and they threw everything forward. And a quarter of an hour later they got their reward when Makukula headed a ball up in the air in a challenge with Andrade, and Oscar González got on the end of the rebound to head down past Molina. The locals could have taken the lead after that, Sousa and Oscar both heading just wide of the post. But Luque almost won it for the visitors when Bizzarri blocked his shot in the dying minutes.