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15 Apr 2006
Deportivo couldn’t take advantage of their home status and they were only able to achieve a draw against Sevilla, a direct rival for the European positions. The game was a boring one as both squads missed an effectiveness in the offensive sector. It could also be considered as a good result bearing in mind the problems that Caparr??s faced in the defensive sector, and also because it helps to maintain alive their European hopes.

The novelty for Deportivo was the presence of Juli??n de Guzm??n at right back while H?©ctor played in the centre. C?©sar and Juanma were both ruled out of the game and Caparr??s preferred the H?©ctor-Romero combination to cover  the central positions. Another surprise was the presence of Xisco as a starter, the Mallorca-born striker lined up with Iago as the offensive duo for Deportivo. For Sevilla, coach Juande Ramos chose the Maresca-Saviola combination to lead their offensive efforts.

Deportivo started the game knowing that a victory would put them in the UEFA zone, for that reason they were creating pressure in midfield and the first chances to score were for them. The clearest chance was for Munitis, the Cantabrian winger sent a shot that was deflected by a Sevilla defender and the keeper Palop made a good save, sending the ball out for a corner-kick.

Little by little Sevilla started to appear in the game, the fast combinations between their strikers caused Deportivo some trouble, Saviola was the most active menace to the home side although they never enjoyed a clear chance to score.

The game lost intensity as both sides delayed the action with continuous fouls but a good chance for Depor arrived shortly before the end of the first half. Sergio's shot from long distance was only parried by Palop and a defender was forced to deflect the ball for a corner-kick before Xisco could put the rebound away. Half-time arrived and both teams gave the impression of having too much respect for their rival, the importance of the three points could also be a reason why the game became so boring after the first fifteen minutes.

Iago was replaced by Rub?©n Castro, coach Caparr??s noticed that the Galician youngster disappeared in the entire first half and he tried to give more impulse to his squad. But the first chance to score was for Sevilla, a shot made by Maresca that Molina contained without too much trouble.

The modification made by Caparr??s worked out as the Canarian player showed a good understanding with Munitis, but once again it was Maresca who enjoyed a chance to score with another shot from long distance, Molina reacted well, sending the ball out for a Sevilla corner. Deportivo responded with Xisco receiving a cross from De Guzm??n, but the youngster's shot was deflected by Palop.

As happened in the first half, the game lost intensity after the first fifteen minutes. Both sides showed a lack of effectiveness in the attacking zone. Diego Trist??n and Luis Fabiano entered the pitch, but the situation didn't change at all. Sevilla even had the chance to earn their first win in 50 years at the Riazor, but Luis Fabiano missed a couple of chances and Molina made a couple of great saves.

It was the first 0-0 for Deportivo in the present liga campaign, the Galicians lost a good opportunity to reach the fifth spot, but at least they keep their European options intact. Now Deportivo must travel to C??diz next weekend while Sevilla has a tough test at home to Barcelona. The UEFA cup fight is still likely to be a hard one for everybody.

Deportivo: Molina - De Guzm??n, H?©ctor, Romero, Capdevila - V?­ctor, Sergio (Acu?±a 90'), Duscher, Munitis - Iago (Rub?©n Castro 46'), Xisco (Trist??n 65').
Sevilla: Palop - Daniel Alv?©s, Javi Navarro, Escud?©, David - Renato (Luis Fabiano 62'), Mart?­ - Navas, Adriano (Fernando Sales 73') - Maresca, Saviola.
Referee: P?©rez Burrull. He showed yellow card to Javi Navarro (20'), Sergio (33'), V?­ctor (38'), Munitis (50'), Rub?©n Castro (62') and Adriano (70')
Venue: Riazor (12,000).

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