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Tristán delivers for Deportivo

Published: Tuesday 21 October 2003, 22.06CET
RC Deportivo La Coruña 1-0 AS Monaco FC Diego Tristán seals three more points for the home side.

Match statistics

DeportivoMonaco

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners2
 
3
Offsides3
 
13
Fouls committed7
 
16
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C

PPts
RC Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo37
AS Monaco FC Monaco36
PSV Eindhoven PSV33
AEK Athens FC AEK31
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 21 October 2003, 22.06CET

Tristán delivers for Deportivo

RC Deportivo La Coruña 1-0 AS Monaco FC Diego Tristán seals three more points for the home side.

RC Deportivo La Coruña went top of UEFA Champions League Group C with a late 1-0 victory over previous leaders AS Monaco FC at the Riazor. Despite a host of chances, the French side could not find a way past José Molina, and they were made to pay when Diego Tristán struck the winner after 83 minutes.

Visitors on top
Monaco began much the brighter of the two sides, with Ludovic Giuly wasting little time getting forward in support of lone striker Fernando Morientes. Indeed, the inspirational captain had the first two chances of the contest, first shooting wide after good work from Jaroslav Plašil after six minutes, then having an attempt blocked by Enrique Romero four minutes later.

Victor probing away
Deportivo, surprised by the visitors' impressive start, slowly hauled themselves back into the game, with Víctor Sánchez probing away down the right wing and Alberto Luque looking for a chance to use his pace on the opposite flank.

Sublime skill
The home team's first real chance came 15 minutes in when Juan Valerón produced a sublime piece of skill to create an opening down the left only to see Tristán side-foot wide from five metres out when it looked easier to score.

Impressive Monaco
But Monaco continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock, and Giuly escaped down the left and sent in a teasing cross that only just evaded the on-rushing Morientes.

End-to-end action
The game was swinging from end to end, but despite their endeavour both teams were let down by their play in the final third of the pitch, with a host of passes going astray and good crossing opportunities being wasted, much to the frustration of the crowd in the Riazor.

Goal disallowed
Patrice Evra surged down the left for Monaco just after the half-hour mark but his well-struck shot was straight at Molina and the experienced goalkeeper comfortably gathered. Four minutes before the break Morientes thought he had got his name on the scoresheet by toe-poking home from Evra's cross, but the offside flag went up and the goal was disallowed.

Morientes header
Monaco came out after the interval in exactly the same fashion and began to take the game to Deportivo straight away. Evra got away down the left again and his volleyed cross was headed over the bar by Morientes.

Jinking Valeron
Valerón tried to spark his side into life with a brilliant run down the Deportivo left, twisting and turning past two defenders before being fouled on the corner of the penalty box, but Sergio wasted the free-kick by firing straight into the wall.

Double chance
Monaco had two good chances to take the lead just after the hour, but once again they could not take advantage. First Sébastien Squillaci forced a good save from Molina with a header from Jérôme Rothen's cross, then Lucas Bernardi missed from close-range from the resulting corner.

Deportivo substitutions
Javier Irureta replaced ineffective duo Luque and Valerón with Fran and Walter Pandiani, and the Uruguayan striker went close with a header that ended up on the roof of the net after 67 minutes.

Stunning save
Deportivo were getting closer and closer, and Tristán flicked the ball goalwards after 71 minutes only to see Flavio Roma produce a magnificent save low to his right.

Late Tristan winner
But the home side were not to be denied, and Tristán sent Deportivo top of Group C seven minutes from time when he latched on to Sergio's pass and drilled a shot that hit Roma's legs and crawled over the line.

Last updated: 21/10/03 23.41CET

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Lineups

deportivo

Deportivo

monaco

Monaco

1
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
2
Manuel PabloManuel Pablo
3
EvraPatrice Evra
3
RomeroEnrique Romero
6
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
Substitution87
4
NaybetNourredine Naybet (C)
7
BernardiLucas Bernardi
Yellow Card23
8
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly (C)
9
TristánDiego Tristán
Goal83
10
MorientesFernando Morientes
Substitution78
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
14
CisséÉdouard Cissé
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
Substitution81
19
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
Substitution57
25
RothenJérôme Rothen
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
Substitution65
27
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
23
DuscherAldo Duscher
32
GivetGaël Givet
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

13
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
29
SylvaTony Sylva (GK)
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Substitution65
9
PršoDado Pršo
Substitution87
10
FranFran
Substitution57
21
HislenNicolas Hislen
12
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution81
24
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution78
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
35
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
22
JaimeSánchez Jaime
37
CaroleSébastien Carole
24
HéctorBerenguel Héctor
39
AblancourtJim Ablancourt

Coach

Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Roland Van Nylen (BEL), Dirk Vanhoutte (BEL)

Fourth official

Eddie Vermeirsch (BEL)

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