First Division - Day 36

Espanyol 1 - Deportivo La Coruña 2

Espanyol: Gorka Iraizoz; Zabaleta, Sergio Sánchez, Lopo, David García; Juanfran (Corominas 70'), Edu Costa (Moisés Hurtado 50'), Ito, Luis García; Pandiani (Armando Sá 61'), Tamudo. 4-4-2.
Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo, Héctor, Romero, Capdevila; De Guzman (Iván Carril 69'), Sergio; Víctor, Rubén Castro (Diego Tristán 46'), Munitis (Gallardo 58'); Arizmendi. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: Zabaleta, Juanfran, Ito, Pandiani for Jarque, Moisés Hurtado, Corominas, Fredson / Depor: Manuel Pablo, Romero, De Guzman, Rubén Castro for Coloccini, Juanma, Duscher, Iago.

1-0. 44. Luis García. Struck angled shot across Molina from outside of area.
1-1. 73. Iván Carril. Collected ball outside of area and fired shot wide of Gorka.
1-2. 89. Diego Tristán. Got above defence to head Gallardo corner past keeper.

Deportivo kept ahead of their rivals for the Intertoto spot with a late 1-2 win at Espanyol, although their greater objective of a place in the UEFA cup seems out of reach after Sevilla's victory. The home side needed a win to help them move away from the danger zone, and Lotina put out an attacking line up with three recognised forwards in his side. Pandiani brought a good save out of Molina, but otherwise the visitors had the better chances with Capdevila and Rubén Castro going close and Gorka saving well from Arizmendi. But with a minute to go to half time Espanyol did take the lead when Luis García found the far corner of Molina's net with a low shot.

Caparrós brought on Diego Tristán at the break and Gallardo and Iván Carril early in the second half to try and turn things around, and the move paid off when Carril picked up a long pass from Sergio to drive a long shot wide of the keeper. The locals thought they had restored the lead when Corominas beat Molina from inside the area only to have the strike ruled out for a borderline offside by infamous linesman Rafa Guerrero, and with the game coming to an end Diego Tristán got on the end of Gallardo's corner to head the winner.