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Lance Knight2010-05-08 10:07:03 +0000 #1
Deportivo La Coruña 1-3 Osasuna: FT Report

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LA CORUNA, September 12 (Primera Liga) - Deportivo La Coruna's Riazor fortress was breached in emphatic style on Sunday as 10-man Osasuna claimed a shock victory over the 2000 Spanish champions.

The Riazor is considered one of the most daunting trips for visiting teams in La Liga and Depor have lost only 13 home league games in the last six seasons.

However, Osasuna made a mockery of that statistic, battling back from a goal down to claim all three points thanks to second-half goals from John Aloisi (55) and Savo Milosevic (62 & 80).

Even the 57th-minute dismissal of Jose Izquierdo for a second yellow card failed to slow Osasuna, who move on to four points following their season-opening draw with Athletic Bilbao.

Both teams made a slow start to the game and it wasn't until the 17th minute that the first decent opportunity was created by either side.

The chance fell to Depor midfielder Lionel Scaloni but his looping header grazed the top of the crossbar and went over. It may have seemed a close thing for Depor supporters but even if it had been on target it was unlikely to have troubled Osasuna goalkeeper Ricardo Sanzol, who looked to have the effort covered.

However, Depor were celebrating just two minutes later when Scaloni set up Walter Pandiani for the opening goal of the game.

Scolari forced his way into the box before pulling the ball back for Pandiani and the Uruguayan international fired his shot low past Sanzol.

Pandiani, playing as a lone striker, had two decent chances to add to Depor's lead in the closing stages of the first half but he failed to convert either opportunity despite being well-placed.

And Osasuna made the home side pay for those misses after the break.

Playing with much more purpose and direction, Osasuna set about trying to restore parity and were handed the chance 10 minutes into the second half when Mauro Silva brought down Ludovic Delporte in the box.

Australian international Aloisi made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.

That gave Osasuna the incentive to redouble their efforts and, despite having right-back Izquierdo dismissed for a foul on Pedro Munitis, they managed to take the lead just after the hour mark.

Ludovic Delporte, who had impressed in his brief time on the pitch after coming on as a half-time substitute, broke down the left before picking out an unmarked Milosevic with a low cross which the Serbo-Montenegrin striker prodded home.

Depor coach Javier Irureta responded to his side going behind by throwing on Spanish international striker Albert Luque and the home side twice went close to equalising through Munitis and Pandiani.

But just as Depor were preparing themselves for a final onslaught in the last 10 minutes they were hit with a third Osasuna goal.

Milosevic, no doubt brimming with confidence from his earlier strike, produced a sublime left-footed chip that sailed over a stranded Jose Molina in the home goal and into the back of the net, ensuring the points would be travelling back to Pamplona with the visitors.


Lallou2010-05-08 10:08:59 +0000 #2
Deportivo Vs Athletic Bilbao

Match to be played of Sunday 19th of September 2004 at 21:30. Should be a nice match. I'll try to watch it.
Lance Knight2010-05-08 10:13:12 +0000 #3
Depo drew 1-1 against Real Betis yesterday
Lance Knight2010-05-08 10:39:53 +0000 #4
Deportivo La Coruña 2-2 FC Sevilla: FT Report

LA CORUNA, December 12 (Primera Liga) - Deportivo La Coruna ended a disappointing week with another setback as they were held to a home draw by Sevilla after conceding a last-gasp equaliser.

Depor were dumped out of Europe in midweek after slumping to a 5-0 home defeat to Monaco, but they looked set to leave all that behind them after Lionel Scaloni put them 2-1 ahead with an 88th-minute strike.

But two minutes into injury-time at the end of the game, Sevilla's star striker Julio Baptista headed home a cross from Dirnei Renato to earn the in-form visitors a valuable point.

Clearly angered by their Champions League debacle, Depor started Sunday's game in determined fashion and Scaloni, Aguado Pablo Amo and Albert Luque all had efforts on goal in the opening 30 minutes.

The home side couldn't make their early dominance count, however, and they went into the break trailing 1-0 after conceding a 42nd-minute goal to Dominguez Carlitos.

Depor coach Javier Irureta responded by throwing on Sergio at the break for Aldo Duscher.

And the hosts were quickly back on the attack at the start of the second half with Juan Carlos Valeron going close with a header from Manuel Pablo's cross.

Sevilla failed to heed the danger warning and Depor levelled the game up at one-apiece in the 55th minute when replacement Sergio picked up a pass from Scaloni inside the area before firing past Andres Esteban in the visiting goal, proving Irureta's substitution to be a masterstroke.

Far from giving Depor renewed incentive though, that goal seemed to spark Sevilla into life and they had four chances in rapid succession to re-take the lead.

In the 63rd minute, Francisco Javi Navarro headed wide from Renato's cross while two minutes later Depor goalkeeper Jose Molina produced a brilliant save to keep out a Jordi effort.

Goalscorer Julio Baptista was the next to try his luck for Sevilla in the 68th minute but his header, like those of his team-mates earlier on, went harmlessly wide.

Jordi then had another opening five minutes later but once again the Depor goal remained unbreached as his right-footed effort drifted out of play.

And those misses looked set to cost the away side dear when Scaloni showed the misfiring Sevilla forwards how it was done by hitting the back of the net with just two minutes of normal time remaining.

Showing fierce determination, Scaloni won the ball inside the area before flashing an unstoppable shot past Esteban and into the back of the net.

That really should have been game, set and match for the home side but, showing remarkable similarity to Depor's 2-2 draw with Racing Santander last weekend, there was still a final twist in the tale.

But while it was Depor who grabbed an injury-time equaliser against Racing last time out, this time it was their opponents who were celebrating after leading scorer Baptista fired home his seventh goal of the season.
Leon of Silvren2010-05-08 10:52:40 +0000 #5
At least they could save one point, they are definitely having a very tough season....
Lance Knight2010-05-08 10:27:18 +0000 #6
true ever since they lost makcaay to munich thier performance have lessen
Leon of Silvren2010-05-08 12:29:30 +0000 #7
They didn't lost him, they sold him, which is different.....but yes, they got lots of money for that move but they didn't buy a proper replacement, only brought back Pandiani who was having a great season, but he didn't deliver in Depor.....too sad!
Lance Knight2010-05-08 12:46:05 +0000 #8
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Deportivo La Coruña: FT Report

MADRID, December 19 (Primera Liga) - Atletico Madrid edged out Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday night to climb up to sixth spot in the Primera Liga standings.

In a tense tussle where decent goalscoring chances were at a premium, a solitary first-half strike from Antonio Lopez was enough to keep the points in Madrid and send the majority of the 45,000 fans at the Vicente Calderon home happy.

Lopez was the lucky recipient of some tremendous work from Atletico's star striker Fernando Torres, who for much of the game looked a class above the rest of the players on the pitch.

Torres picked up the ball on the right-hand side and made a beeline for the area. With the Deportivo defence backing off, the Spain international was able to feed the ball across the box to the far post where an unmarked Lopez was on hand to stroke the ball home.

Atletico grew in confidence after that goal, which came in the 27th minute, but were unable to break the Depor rearguard for a second time, despite Torres' best efforts.

Fortunately for the home side though, Depor were equally as unsuccessful in creating openings in front of goal as the defences stayed on top.

Depor failed to test Atletico goalkeeper Leo Franco once during the first half, although Martin Cesar headed over when unmarked after just five minutes and Albert Luque was denied a shooting opportunity by a great last-ditch tackle by Pablo Ibanez.

With his side clearly lacking an attacking edge, Depor coach Javier Irureta threw on former Real Madrid winger Pedro Munitis and Spain striker Diego Tristan at the start of the second half.

However, there was still precious little for the visiting fans to get excited about, while at the other end the home supporters felt their side should have been awarded a penalty when Torres went down in the area following a surging 30-yard run.

Atletico had the chance to wrap the game up with 10 minutes to go when substitute Veljko Paunovic directed a corner goalwards with his head.

However, Paunovic's powerful effort crashed against the woodwork and rebounded away to safety.

With the game slipping away from them, Depor finally woke up in the closing stages and the visitors almost snatched an equaliser in the final minute.

Juan Carlos Valeron must have felt he was going to score when, from six yards out, he fired in a shot on goal.

But Leo Franco somehow managed to keep the effort out and, after the ball had been re-directed goalwards, Atletico defender Sergi completed the rescue act by hacking off the line.

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