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18 Mar 2006
Deportivo bounced back from the Copa elimination earlier this week to continue their quest for a European campaign in the Liga with a narrow win over Getafe. The Galicians made the most out of their few opportunities to edge out a win against a Madrilean side that dominated most of the encounter.

Getafe were trying to reach the 40 points mark with this match, a mark that all but excludes any relegation worries. The return of influential forward Riki was also supposed to boost the Madrilean side, but coach Bernd Schuster finally decided not to use Riki and opted for much the same lineup he had used in the last match against Zaragoza.

Caparros was also under pressure to deliver a good performance, since La Liga is the only way to a European campaign now for Deportivo. Still, the Utrera-born coach continued with small experiments in the lineup, preferring Hector again instead of Manuel Pablo on the right side of the defense, while Romero had to substitute Juanma after the latter couldn't recover from muscle problems in time for the match. Sergio and Victor also returned to the lineup, while Arizmendi and Ruben were in charge of the striking zone.

Getafe started the match in the offensive and Depor's defense had their hands full from the first minutes. Gavilan threatened the goal on three minutes, but couldn't find the net and shortly after, Redondo's finish was wide after a great combination between Dorado and Paunovic. Minutes later the Madrilean side demanded a penalty when Molina appeared to bring down Paunovic in the area, but the referee didn't give it.

On the other end, only Victor was leading the Galician charges, but his crosses were harmless against a well organized defense. The Madrilean side then had to react after Celestini had to leave the pitch because of an injury, and Alberto came in to replace the Swiss midfielder. Then only minutes later, a grave error of Luis Garcia allowed Deportivo to take the lead. Capdevila unleashed a powerful freekick from the right which Getafe's keeper could hold on to, allowing Victor to latch onto the rebound and open the score. Depor defended for the rest of the first half, content with the score and only Alberto had an opportunity to level the score befor the half time whistle.

Caparros made his intentions even more clear after the break, replacing Ruben with De Guzman and trying to consolidate the midfield. But Getafe quickly punished a defensive Deportivo side, with Pachon finishing a good cross from Gavilan at the long post. With the score level, both teams were looking for the win, but there was not much football on the pitch. Caparros decided to replace an exhausted Arizmendi with Xisco with half an hour left, and only few minutes afterwards, Gavilan was sent out for a second yellow card, leaving his team outnumbered. A second injury then hit the team from the capital, forcing Bernd Schuster to substitute Belenguer with Mario Cotelo, just before Xisco connected with a cross from Hector to bring the visitors in front.

With one man less than Deportivo, and no options left, Getafe tried to level the score but could not create any important opportunities. Caparros ordered the team to defend and even replaced Munitis with Acuna in the final minutes after the winger received a yellow card.

Deportivo climbed one place to the eigth spot and only one point separates the Galician set from the European places. The European dreams are very much alive after this victory, but the next home matches will be crucial.

Getafe remain safe on the tenth spot, still three points shy from the targeted 40 point mark, which they will try to reach in the next match.

Deportivo: Molina; H?©ctor, Coloccini, Romero, Capdevilla; V?­ctor, Sergio, Duscher, Munitis (Acu?±a,  m. 81); Arizmendi (Xisco, m. 63) and Rub?©n Castro (De Guzm??n, m. 52).
Getafe: Luis Garc?­a; Pulido, Belenguer (Mario Cotelo, m. 68), Tena, Pern?­a; Diego Rivas, Celestini (Alberto, m. 26); Redondo, Vivar Dorado (Pach??n, m. 46), Gavil??n; and Paunovic.   
Goals: 0-1, m. 30: V?­ctor. 1-1, m. 57: Pach??n. 1-2, m. 67: Xisco.
Referee: P?©rez Lima. Sent out Gavil??n for two yellow cards(m. 66). Showed yellow cards to Belenguer (m. 24), Paunovic (m. 43), Alberto (m. 54) and Pulido (m. 89) from Getafe and to Molina (m. 45), V?­ctor (m. 45), De Guzm??n  (m. 53), Duscher (m. 72), Munitis (m. 73) and Xisco (m. 82) from Deportivo.
Venue: Coliseum (attendance: 9.000).

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