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Dominant Deportivo shuffle closer

Published: Wednesday 26 November 2003
RC Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 AEK Athens FC Slick Deportivo move one point away from the last 16.

Match statistics

DeportivoAEK

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners12
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed8
 
13
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group C

PPts
AS Monaco FC Monaco510
RC Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo510
PSV Eindhoven PSV57
AEK Athens FC AEK51
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 26 November 2003

Dominant Deportivo shuffle closer

RC Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 AEK Athens FC Slick Deportivo move one point away from the last 16.

By Graham Hunter at the Riazor

RC Deportivo La Coruña moved themselves to within a point of the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League with a comprehensive win against already-eliminated AEK Athens FC. Goals from Héctor Berenguel, Juan Carlos Valerón and Alberto Luque sealed the win and left AEK anchored at the bottom of Group C without even any chance of UEFA Cup qualification.

Much to prove
Deportivo came into the match with much to prove, still smarting from their record-breaking 8-3 defeat against AS Monaco FC on Matchday 4. Coach Javier Irureta was able to bring back key players who missed the night of embarrassment at the Stade Louis II, using Fran on the left of midfield and winger Víctor Sánchez on the right.

Skipper injury
AEK were again missing Dutchman Michel Kreek and lost their captain Mihalis Kasapis to injury before half-time, but had Kofi Amponsah back anchoring their defence following a one-match suspension after his sending off in the defeat to PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 3.

Elegant playmaker
Throughout the game the elegant, confident style of veteran playmaker Fran stood out. While the midfield battle became hurried and hassled, the former Spanish international simply used clever short passes into space and it was his play which imposed the rhythm for the home side. After only six minutes it was his curling cross from the left which gave Víctor a free back-post header which he spurned, hitting the side-netting instead of scoring.

Rare threat
AEK had a tame first half. Their only real threats both stemmed from the work of Vassilios Lakis, whose close control and willingness to run at the Deportivo defence at least caused Irureta's side to retreat. His ninth-minute run past two players left him perfectly placed to set up Yiannis Okkas for a clear shooting chance, but Lakis opted to shoot himself - only to skew the chance wide. Then from Lakis' pacy short pass Vassilios Tsiartas ran on and struck a rising shot which skimmed off the bar.

Breakthrough goal
The Spaniards were controlling the game and duly got their reward. Prior to scoring, full-back Héctor had surprised everyone with a fantastic 30-metre volley which only just edged over the bar and onto the roof of the net. Twenty-two minutes into the first half, however, he arrived at the edge of the box again to smash past Hrisostomos Mihailidis after Fran's cross had eluded Walter Pandiani and bounced off Víctor as he tried to control it.

Clear superiority

Deportivo came out for the second half with finishing the game and securing the points evidently on their agenda. And within six minutes they led 2-0. Aldo Duscher won the ball in midfield and Víctor's pass allowed Valerón to run at the Greek defence before unleashing a right-foot shot which Mihailidis could only touch as it sped past him. Headers from Pandiani, from a Héctor cross, and Cesar might easily have made it three before the hour mark.

Luque seals it
AEK spurned their chance to get back in the game when Okkas tried to chip José Molina from close in when a simple low shot appeared more straightforward. Deportivo duly sealed the victory with a third goal when Walter Pandiani unselfishly squared to substitute Luque after a lone run had taken him in on goal.

Qualification nearer
Deportivo now only trail leaders Monaco on head-to-head record, and a point, or even one-goal defeat, at PSV on Matchday 6 would take them through.

Last updated: 26/11/03 1.21CET

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Lineups

deportivo

Deportivo

aek

AEK

1
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
1
MihailidisChrisostomos Mihailidis (GK)
5
César MartínCésar Martín
Substitution72
2
BorbokisVassilios Borbokis
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
6
ZagorakisTheodoros Zagorakis
8
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
Yellow Card35
Substitution77
10
FranFran (C)
10
TsiartasVasilis Tsiartas
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
17
KasapisMihalis Kasapis (C)
Yellow Card24
Substitution44
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
19
AmponsahKofi Amponsah
Yellow Card86
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
Substitution69
21
KatsouranisKostas Katsouranis
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
Goal51
Substitution59
23
LakisVasilis Lakis
Substitution73
23
DuscherAldo Duscher
32
KapsisMichalis Kapsis
24
HéctorBerenguel Héctor
Goal22
88
NalitzisDimitrios Nalitzis

Substitutes

13
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
2
Manuel PabloManuel Pablo
3
M. PetkovMilen Petkov
Substitution73
3
RomeroEnrique Romero
Substitution72
5
KostenoglouNikolaos Kostenoglou
Substitution44
Yellow Card46
6
Mauro SilvaMauro Silva
7
MaladenisChristos Maladenis
12
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution69
16
GeorgeasNikos Georgeas
17
MunitisPedro Munitis
18
MorasVangelis Moras
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
Substitution59
Goal71
20
KonstantinidisSotirios Konstantinidis
Substitution77

Coach

Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP) Dušan Bajević (SRB)

Referee

Mike Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Glenn Turner (ENG)

Fourth official

Matthew David Messias (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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