First Division - Day 14

Sevilla 0 - Deportivo La Coruña 2

Sevilla: Palop; Daniel Alves, Aitor Ocio, Dragutinovic, David (Jordi 46'); Jesús Navas, Martí, Maresca, Adriano (Pablo Ruíz 73'); Saviola (Kepa 60'), Kanouté. 4-4-2.
Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Juanma, Capdevila; Sergio, Duscher; Víctor (Romero 65'), Valerón (Scaloni 76'), Munitis; Diego Tristán (Taborda 60'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Aitor Ocio, Maresca for David Prieto, Jordi / Depor: Sergio, Víctor for De Guzman, Scaloni.

0-1. 26. Diego Tristán (penalty). After Daniel Alves tripped Capdevila in area
0-2. 41. Víctor. Struck free kick from outside of area into top corner of net.

Deportivo moved up to within a place of the European spots after a 0-2 win over Sevilla. Visiting coach Joaquín Caparrós was given an ovation by the crowd on his return to his old club, but he still took away the three points, ending the Andalusians' run of eight games without defeat.

It was a bad tempered match though, not helped by referee Megia Dávila who showed no less than 15 yellow cards and two reds, sending off Sevilla's Maresca for protesting in the first half and Daniel Alves for a second yellow card after the break.

Diego Tristán got the first goal with a twice taken penalty after Alves tripped Capdevila, his first kick being saved but a second finding the net after Megía had ordered a retake for encroachment (the incident which provoked the red card for Maresca). And Víctor (returning after a recurrent knee injury) got the second before the break with a well struck free kick.

By half time Megia had already dished out ten bookings, but local coach Juande Ramos decided he had nothing to lose and took off a defender to strengthen his midfield. For a few minutes the locals pegged their opponents back in their own half, but after Alves was sent off as well their challenge died out.

Depor could have had a third when they were awarded another penalty after Munitis was brought down, but Palop saved Taborda's kick and this time there was no second chance. The Galicians had already done enough though, and they move ahead of their opponents in the table thanks to a better goal difference.