First Division - Day 23

Albacete 0 - Deportivo La Coruña 2

Albacete: Almunia; Oscar Montiel, Pablo, Buades, Peña; Pablo García (David Sánchez 56'), Viaud, Parri, Munteanu (Fabiano 71'); Pacheco (Mikel 77'), Aranda. 4-4-2.
Deportivo: Molina; Héctor, Andrade, César, Romero; Scaloni, Mauro Silva, Valerón, Fran (Capdevila 81'); Diego Tristán (Víctor 71'), Luque (Munitis 76'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Albacete: Pablo García, Parri, Munteanu for Iván Díaz, Álvaro Rubio, Delporte / Deportivo: Héctor, Fran for Manuel Pablo, Sergio.

0-1. 60. Scaloni. Shot into empty net after Almunia blocked Valerón shot.
0-2. 62. Luque. Got on the end of Diego Tristán cross to tap in on far post.

Deportivo la Coruña kept up the pressure on the top two after a 0-2 win at Albacete, who have now gone seven games without a victory. The home side had the better of the first half though, and only two important saves by Molina from Aranda and Pacheco kept the scores level at the break. Depor's only reply was a shot from Luque which beat Almunia but was comfortably cleared by the defence.

The Galicians scored twice though in two minutes around the hour mark, Scaloni netting the first on the follow up after Almunia could only push away a shot from Valerón, and then Diego Tristán setting up Luque for a second on a rapid breakaway. Cesar Ferrando's side had a chance to pull one back a few minutes later when Aranda fell rather too easily in the penalty area under a challenge from Héctor which cost the full back a red card, but Molina guessed right and saved Aranda's spot kick. And the keeper kept out another effort from Aranda later on.

Referee Carmona Méndez turned down another late penalty appeal when Mikel was felled in the area even though that appeared to be more a foul than the last one, the substitute getting a yellow card and assistant coach Parada a red one for protesting. But when Fabiano headed a late chance over the bar the game was over, leaving the Manchegans in the relegation zone and keeping Depor four points behind Valencia.