|First Division - Day 35|
Deportivo La Coruña 2 - Atlético Madrid 0
Munúa; Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Andrade, Romero; Sergio, Duscher;
Víctor (Toro Acuña 83'), Valerón (Capdevila 81'), Munitis;
Xisco (Fran 67'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Deportivo: Duscher, Víctor, Xisco for Mauro Silva, Capdevila, Luque / Atlético: Molinero, Pablo, Luccin, Jorge, Richard Nuñez for Velasco, García Calvo, Marcelo Sosa, Gronkjaer, Salva.
Deportivo got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Atlético Madrid in the last match of the evening, although it may have come too late to give them a chance of a return to Europe next season. With no first team forward available due to an injury to Diego Tristán and a one match ban for Luque, B team striker Xisco led the Galicians attack, the first home grown player to start a match since Irureta took over as manager a few years ago. And the youngster causing several problems for Leo Franco in the first half, bringing a couple of good saves out of the keeper and putting another effort just wide.
With Gronkjaer and Salva injured César Ferrando had also to cobble together a makeshift side, Fernando Torres forced to play even though the manager would have preferred him to rest a knock until the midweek cup semi-final with Osasuna. Richard Nuñez was given a rare start alongside the striker, and he came close to putting his side in front close to half time when he lobbed Munúa only to see the ball just go over the bar.
Up to that point Torres had not made much of a mark, but Munúa had to be at his best to keep him out soon after the restart. But almost immediately play went up the other end, and Luccin turned the ball over the head of his own keeper trying to prevent Xisco from reaching a Munitis cross. Xisco went close a couple of times after that before Irureta pulled him off, much to the disgust of the crowd. But his second substitution proved to be spot on, Capdevila getting on the end of another Muntis cross to score his side's second less than a minute after making his appearance. The win takes the Galicians above their opponents to ninth, still six points outside of the UEFA cup spots. The Intertoto beckons......