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03 May 2006
Deportivo achieved an important win in Barcelona, it's the ninth triumph away from the Riazor tying the historical record of the club. The entrance of Iv??n Carril was the key moment since the youngster scored the first goal and gave the assistance to the second one. The Galicians continues to occupy the Intertoto place just two matchdays before the liga season ends.

Caparr??s left out Iago after six matches in the starting eleven, R??ben Castro was the selected choice to play with Arizmendi upfront. Romero and H?©ctor played as central defenders and De Guzm??n covered the absence of Duscher due to suspension. In Espanyol the big novelty was the presence of Walter Pandiani in the starting eleven, De La Pe?±a wasn't ready to perform and he ended out of the game.

Both teams were conscious of the importance of this match and they searched the victory since the beginning. Lotina knew of the defensive troubles in Deportivo and he sent an offensive trio (Pandiani, Luis Garc?­a and Tamudo) upfront in order to take advantage of the situation, but it was Depor who controlled the first half actions, while the Catalans were speculating with counterattacks.

The first occasion of the night was for Capdevila with a long-distance shot that passed near to the crossbar. After this chance both teams enjoyed of some occasions that nobody knew how to fulfil. The game entered into a tough moment with a hard tackle made by Manuel Pablo against Tamudo. The Canarian was booked and a little fight begun. The Galicians continued to search the goal, they were close to take the lead in two occasions, Ito and Gorka saved their team when Arizmendi seemed near to score.

But it was Espanyol who opened the score thanks to Luis Garc?­a, the striker sent a shot drilling the ball past Molina from outside of the area. A wonderful and surprising reward for the home since the Galicians dominated the first half actions. The result was almost securing the continuity of Espanyol in Primera.

Caparr??s sent Trist??n to replace R??ben since the beginning, the Canarian striker made a good job supporting the work of Arizmendi during the first 45 minutes, but Depor's coach preferred to search the equaliser with the experience of Trist??n. Once again the Galicians dominated the actions, but they were failing to concrete all the chances they enjoyed.

The entrance of Gallardo and Iv??n Carril were the choices that Caparr??s selected in order to open the game on both wings. Meanwhile, Lotina tried to secure the result with the appearance of Armando S?? replacing Pandiani. A defensive change that didn’t work out at the end. It was the medicine applied by Caparr??s the one that corrected the problem. Iv??n Carril scored the equaliser with an a spectacular shot from long distance that entered in the top corner of the net.

Deportivo continued searching the victory and they found it two minutes before the end, it was in a corner-kick that was taken by Iv??n Carril on the left wing, Diego Trist??n headed the ball when he was near to the penalty-spot and it ended at the back of the net. Espanyol didn't have enough time to react and they were only able to see how the victory escaped from their hands.

The victory is helpful since Depor maintains the Intertoto spot, Villarreal defeated M??laga and they are now the main rival for the seventh position, the Valencians still two points away. Atl?©tico Madrid and Getafe suffered defeats and their European aspirations are almost over. The big news of the day were the defeat of Valencia in Mallorca and the victory of Barcelona in Vigo, meaning that the Catalans are the champions in la liga. The difference with Celta has been reduced to five points and Depor maintains the dream of reaching a direct spot in the next UEFA cup.

Espanyol had the salvation in their hands and now their future is more complicated, they are only two points away from the relegation zone and they continue to need one more win in order to maintain the category. M??laga is dead already and C??diz is almost condemn, the last spot in the relegation zone doesn’t have an owner yet. Espanyol, Alav?©s, Racing and Betis are the teams that will fight until the end in order to avoid it.

Espanyol: Gorka Iraizoz - Zabaleta, Lopo, Sergio S??nchez, David Garc?­a - Ito, Costa, (Mois?©s Hurtado 50'), Juanfran (Corominas 69'), Luis Garc?­a - Tamudo, Pandiani (Armando S?? 60').
Deportivo: Molina - Manuel Pablo, H?©ctor, Romero, Capdevila - V?­ctor, Sergio, De Guzm??n (Iv??n Carril 70'), Munitis (Gallardo 58'), - R??ben Castro (Trist??n 46'), Arizmendi.
Goals:: 1-0: (43') Luis Garc?­a, 2-0: (74') Iv??n Carril, 1-2: (89') Trist??n.
Referee: Rodr?­guez Santiago. He showed yellow card to Manuel Pablo (30'), Molina (31'), Costa (31'), Gallardo (64'), Sergio (72'), V?­ctor (81'), Zabaleta (87'), Lopo (88')
Venue: Lluis Companys (16,150).

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