|First Division - Day 11|
Deportivo La Coruña 3 - Real Madrid 1
Manuel Pablo, Coloccini (César 73'), Juanma, Capdevila; Duscher, De
Guzman; Scaloni, Valerón (Sergio 87'), Munitis; Diego Tristán
(Rubén Castro 77'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Depor: De Guzman, Valerón, Diego Tristán for Romero, Sergio, Rubén Castro / Madrid: Woodgate for Zidane.
Real Madrid dropped down the table to fifth pending Thursday's results after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Deportivo Coruña. The Galicians had not lost this fixture for 14 years, and their first chance came with less than a minute on the clock when Valerón headed wide from a Munitis cross. Valerón had a penalty appeal turned down and Coloccini headed another chance past the post before Guzman finally beat Casillas, reportedly the first goal scored by a Canadian player in the history of the league. And on the stroke of half time Juanma made it two when he headed Munitis's cross past the keeper.
Madrid had still not had a shot at goal up to that point, and with several players injured, Luxemburgo decided to give Balboa his first team debut in place of a disappointing Beckham. A few minutes later Roberto Carlos finally put Molina to the test, but otherwise they couldn't get going and Juanma increased the lead when he headed his second of the night following a corner. Raúl finally got a late consolation in the dying minutes, but it was a disappointing performance from the "Galacticos" who are sorely missing the injured Ronaldo. Deportivo move back up to the top half of the table, now only two points behind their rivals.