First Division - Day 38

Racing Santander 0 - Deportivo La Coruña 1

Racing: Dudu Aouate; Cristian Alvarez, Pablo Casar (Moratón 33'), Neru, Ayoze; Nafti, Diego Mateo; Afek (Raúl 88'), Benayoun, Jonathan (Morán 67'); Javi Guerrero. 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Munúa (Songo'o 84'); Héctor, Andrade, Pablo Amo, Capdevila; Sergio, Fran; Munitis, Valerón (Manuel Pablo 61'), Amavisca (Iván Pérez 76'); Pandiani. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Racing: Neru, Benayoun for Moratón, Juanma / Deportivo: Amavisca for Duscher.

0-1. 22. Pandiani. Shot inside post after Valerón headed on Munúa clearance.

Deportivo kept up their recent record of finishing in the top three spots after beating Racing to move back above Real Madrid. Irureta's side had little else to play for though, and the manager used the opportunity to give another run out to some of his lesser used players, including Munitis and Amavisca who were returning to their old hunting ground. Their opponents were also in a relaxed mood after assuring their place in the top flight a week ago, and with nothing at stake the game was played in a friendly atmosphere which even the feared referee Tristante Oliva could not find fault with.

The opening minutes were for the home side, Diego Mateo shooting just wide of Munúa's post and Andrade almost putting his opponents ahead when his attempted clearance from Benayoun's shot crashed against his own post and ran across the front of the goal. But midway through the first half Depor scored what was to prove the only goal, Valerón heading on Munúa's long clearance for Pandiani to beat his man and shoot wide of Dudu Aouate. And the Israeli keeper had to be at his best on the stroke of half time to stop Munitis from scoring a second goal.

The game quietened down after the restart though, with neither side really prepared to go out on a limb. Irureta brought on Iván Pérez and veteran keeper Jacques Songo'o for the final moments so they too could get a taste of the glory, but the game ended without further incident, Tristante calling it a day a minute or so earlier than he had wanted to after the home fans invaded the pitch before the final whistle.