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Deportivo depart with dignity

Published: Tuesday 18 March 2003, 22.00CET
RC Deportivo La Coruña 2-0 Manchester United FC Víctor inspires consolation victory.

Match statistics

DeportivoMan. United

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
8
Corners7
 
1
Offsides5
 
4
Fouls committed6
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 18 March 2003, 22.00CET

Deportivo depart with dignity

RC Deportivo La Coruña 2-0 Manchester United FC Víctor inspires consolation victory.

RC Deportivo La Coruña went out of the UEFA Champions League on a high note after beating an under strength Manchester United FC side 2-0 in their UEFA Champions League Group D match at the Riazor stadium. Víctor Sánchez weighed in with a first-half goal and it was from his cross that Mark Lynch headed into his own net for the second.

Playing for pride
With United having guaranteed top spot in the group before kick-off, and qualification impossible for Deportivo, the game was played for nothing but pride. Both sides were bereft of many first-team players, but the hosts certainly fielded the more experienced line-up.

Valerón returns
Juan Valerón, the Spanish international midfield player, made his first start after a long-term shin injury and ran the game from the beginning. His measured passing found a willing target in Albert Luque, whose pace caused Laurent Blanc continuous trouble.

Deportivo domination
With United fielding four inexperienced youngsters, Deportivo dominated the match from the whistle, retaining possession with relative ease. They almost took the lead on 19 minutes, when Roberto Acuña's shot from 20 metres went narrowly wide.

Penalty appeal
Ryan Giggs made a typical jinking run into the box, and when his shot seemingly struck the hand of Jorge Andrade, the visitors appealed for a penalty – to no avail. Deportivo then took a deserved lead on 32 minutes. Luque left Blanc in his wake and squared the ball across the face of goal. Víctor got on the end of it and converted the simplest of chances.

Own goal
Sir Alex Ferguson replaced Lee Roche with Michael Stewart at the break, but the change failed to have the desired effect. Only two minutes into the second half, Deportivo had scored a second. Víctor found space on the right, and his curling cross was headed into his own net by an unfortunate Lynch.

Unlucky Luque
United nearly scored on 62 minutes however. Giggs rounded Dani Mallo on the right of the box and delayed his cross, eventually pulling back to Darren Fletcher, whose shot was cleared off the line. Luque almost scored from the subsequent counterattack, but the chance lifted United.

Giggs goes close
Giggs hit the post seven minutes later, turning smartly in the box to shoot left-footed, as United played their best football in the middle of the second half. But Ferguson opted to withdraw both Giggs and Diego Forlán on 72 minutes, throwing on Danny Webber and Kieran Richardson.

O’Shea tackle
Deportivo's width continued to cause problems as the game drew to a close, although John O'Shea displayed real defensive quality when his 79th-minute challenge dispossessed Luque as he looked to claim the goal his performance deserved.

Mini-revival
Despite this mini-revival from the young visitors, the game ended on a sour note for United after Phillip Neville mistimed a challenge on Luque with only eight minutes to go. The England international defender was booked, suspending him for the first leg of United's forthcoming quarter-final.

Last updated: 02/02/12 3.12CET

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Lineups

deportivo

Deportivo

man. united

Man. United

13
Dani MalloDani Mallo (GK)
19
Ricardo LópezRicardo López (GK)
2
Manuel PabloManuel Pablo
3
P. NevillePhil Neville
Yellow Card82
5
César MartínCésar Martín
5
BlancLaurent Blanc (C)
10
FranFran (C)
Substitution52
8
ButtNicky Butt
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
Substitution64
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
Substitution72
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
21
ForlánDiego Forlán
Substitution72
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
Goal32
Substitution78
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
26
PughDanny Pugh
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
31
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
22
AcuñaRoberto Acuña
Yellow Card40
34
RocheLee Roche
Substitution46
23
DuscherAldo Duscher
38
LynchMark Lynch
Goal47

Substitutes

25
JuanmiJuanmi (GK)
13
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
3
RomeroEnrique Romero
14
MayDavid May
9
TristánDiego Tristán
17
StewartMichael Stewart
Substitution46
12
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution52
36
DavisJames Davis
16
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
37
WebberDanny Webber
Substitution72
17
DjorovićGoran Djorović
Substitution64
40
NardielloDaniel Nardiello
24
HéctorBerenguel Héctor
Substitution78
42
RichardsonKieran Richardson
Substitution72

Coach

Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Vladimir Hrinak (SVK)

Assistant referees

Martin Balko (SVK), Vladimir Medved (SVK)

Fourth official

Anton Stredak (SVK)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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