First Division - Day 33

Deportivo La Coruña 1 - Valladolid 1

Deportivo: Munúa; Héctor, César, Andrade, Capdevila; Duscher, Sergio; Víctor, Luque (Djalminha 46'), Fran (Munitis 62'); Diego Tristán (Pandiani 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, Pablo Paz, Julio César, Marcos; Caminero, Ricchetti; Fernando Sales, Oscar González (Figueredo 78'), Chema (Oscar Sánchez 64'); Losada (Javi Jiménez 92'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Munúa, Héctor, César, Duscher, Víctor, Luque, Diego Tristán for Molina, Manuel Pablo, Naybet, Mauro Silva, Munitis, Valerón, Pandiani / Valladolid: Julio César, Caminero for Jonathan, Rafa.

0-1. 44. Oscar. Picked up pass from Sales and hit angled shot across Munúa.
1-1. 55. Djalminha (penalty). After Djalminha himself pushed over by Caminero.

Deportivo La Coruña were held to a 1-1 draw by Valladolid, a result which virtually takes them out of the title race. With a Champions' League semi-final coming up on Wednesday, Irureta put out a side which included seven changes from last week's starting line up, including Munúa who was making his league debut in goal. The Uruguayan keeper had a good game, but could do nothing when Oscar González picked up a Fernando Sales pass to score on the stroke of half time.

Irureta made more changes at the break, bringing on Djalminha and Pandiani for Luque and for Tristán, who appeared to have picked up a knock in a clash with Julio César. Djalminha had been having some legal problems with the club over a demand from the tax authorities, but he put that behind him and won a penalty only ten minutes after coming on, scoring himself from the spot to level the scores.

After that the game cooled down, although if any side could have won it would have been the visitors, Oscar González going close on a couple of occasions and Oscar Sánchez shooting over when free in front of goal. In the end a point apiece which at least keeps Depor safely in the top four places and helps Valladolid move further away from the relegation zone.