|First Division - Day 19|
Deportivo La Coruña 0 - Alavés 2
Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Juanma, Romero; Scaloni, Sergio; Arizmendi,
Rubén Castro (Valerón 46'), Víctor (Iago 46'); Diego
Tristán (Xisco 62'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Depor: Manuel Pablo, Romero, Scaloni, Arizmendi, Rubén Castro for Andrade, Capdevila, Duscher, Valerón, Munitis / Alavés: Bodipo for Lacen.
Deportivo drop out of the Champions League spots after a surprising 0-2 defeat at the hands of bottom club Alavés, who were under new management after Juan Carlos Oliva took over from his ex boss Chuchi Cos midweek. With his side concentrating on the cup and with three players suspended, local coach Caparrós put out a much changed side. And although Scaloni put an early chance over the bar, the visitors caught out their hosts sleeping midway through the first half when Aloisi headed Jandro's long ball down past Molina.
Rubén Castro was given his first start in a long time, and after having a penalty appeal turned down, Costanzo had to tip a dangerous free kick from the young striker over the bar. But at half time Caparrós decided to make a double change, taking him off together with Víctor to bring on Valerón and B team midfielder Iago.
The move though didn't pay off, and soon after the restart Bodipo latched on to a cross from Aloisi to add a second. After that the locals threw everything they could at their opponents, Arizmendi, Sergio and Xisco going close and Juanma poking a shot against the bar. But they couldn't break through, and Oliva had three points in the bag in his first game in charge.