First Division - Day 24

Deportivo 1 - Valencia 1

Deportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Lopo, Piscu, Filipe Luis; De Guzmán, Antonio Tomás (Sergio 69'); Juan Rodríguez (Valerón 64'), Verdú, Lafita; Lassad (Bodipo 88'). 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: César; Maduro, Alexis, Marchena, Del Horno; Baraja, Manuel Fernandes; Joaquín (Michel 65'), David Silva (Morientes 77'), Mata; David Villa. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Deportivo: Piscu, Antonio Tomás for Ze Castro, Valerón / Valencia: Alexis, Del Horno, Manuel Fernandes, Mata for Raúl Albiol, Moretti, Albelda, Vicente.

0-1. 24. David Villa. Won ball off De Guzmán and ran on to shoot past keeper.
1-1. 79. Piscu. Got above defence to head Sergio free kick down past César.

Yellow cards: Alexis 18', Villa 37', 76', Joaquín 38', Silva 41', Baraja 59', César 87`, Marchena 87', Lopo 90', Michel 90' / red cards: Villa 76'.

Spain's two surviving UEFA Cup sides met on Sunday, with Deportivo and Valencia maintaining their positions in the upper part of the table after a 1-1 draw. The early chances fell to the locals, Lassad and Filipe bringing a couple of saves out of César. But midway through the first half David Villa intercepted a bad pass from De Guzmán to put the visitors ahead.

De Guzmán tested César again and Verdú shot wide either side of half time, and Valencia were left with ten men when Villa picked up a second booking with a quarter of an hour to go. Five minutes later Piscu equalised with a header from Sergio's free kick, and Lassad missed a good chance to win it for Lotina's side near the end.