First Division - Day 37

Deportivo La Coruña 0 - Mallorca 3

Deportivo: Munúa; Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Romero (Luque 55'), Capdevila; Sergio, Duscher (Mauro Silva 80'); Víctor (Fran 46'), Valerón, Munitis; Xisco. 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Moya; David Cortés, Iuliano, Ballesteros, Poli; Farinos (De los Santos 75'), Pereyra; Campano, Víctor (Tuni 67'), Arango; Okubo (Luis García 81'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Capdevila for Coloccini / Mallorca: No change.

0-1. 09. Farinós. Scored on far post after Okubo crossed in from right wing.
0-2. 36. Arango. Fired shot past Munúa after Víctor headed on Okubo cross.
0-3. 63. Okubo. Ran on to Arango pass and poked shot under legs of keeper.

Mallorca climbed out of the relegation spots for the first time in eight months after beating Deportivo La Coruña 0-3. The star of the match was undoubtedly Yoshito Okubo, who had a hand in all the goals on a night when Mauro Silva and Fran took their last bow from the Riazor stadium.

The Japanese striker started things off with just under ten minutes on the clock when he left Romero for dead before setting up Farinós to score the opener from close range. Sergio, Víctor and Capdevila all tried their luck at the other end, but Pereyra could have increased the lead when he hit the bar from close up midway through the first half.

Mallorca did get a second goal before the break though after Okubo won the ball off a defender by the corner flag. The local players looked to the linesman for a possible foul, but Okubo crossed the ball in for Víctor to flick on to Arango, who fired an angled shot past Munúa.

Irureta brought on Fran at the break and then took off Romero to add an extra forward Luque. The striker headed a good chance wide soon after coming on, but play went up the other end and Arango found Okubo for him to poke the ball through the legs of Munúa and wrap things up.

The local fans started to get on the backs of their players, but everything was forgotten for a moment when Mauro Silva came on for his last appearance. He and Fran were chaired off at the end, the fans rising to give them a standing ovation. Their side's only chance of a return to Europe though is if they can qualify for the Intertoto cup, but even that is no longer sure. Mallorca though return home happy, their six match unbeaten run taking them a point clear of Levante.