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Depor crack stubborn Shelbourne

Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 0.30CET
RC Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 Shelbourne FC (agg: 3-0) Three second-half goals finally defeat Irish champions.

Match statistics

DeportivoShelbourne

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 0.30CET

Depor crack stubborn Shelbourne

RC Deportivo La Coruña 3-0 Shelbourne FC (agg: 3-0) Three second-half goals finally defeat Irish champions.

By Fergus O'Shea at the Riazor

Shelbourne FC had their UEFA Champions League dreams dashed as three second-half goals sent RC Deportivo La Coruña side through to the group stage of the competition.

Battling display
A brilliant first-half display by the Irish team meant the tie remained goalless at the three-quarter stage, but two Víctor Sánchez goals in the second period and a third by Walter Pandiani finally ended Shelbourne's resistance.

Unchanged lineup
The home side were able to field an unchanged team from the first leg, although captain Fran and Spanish international striker Diego Tristán were still missing through injury. Shelbourne manager Pat Fenlon made only one change, with right-sided midfield player Joseph Ndo given his first start in Europe.

First-half control
In front of an unusually subdued Riazor crowd, Shelbourne produced a fine first 45 minutes, with Deportivo showing little of the form that had seen them eliminate holders AC Milan with a stunning 4-0 victory in the quarter-finals of last season's competition. Pre-season rustiness and nerves were all evident from the Galician team, and although they started purposefully, the visitors visibly grew in confidence as the half wore on.

Headed opportunity
In a half of limited chances, the most clear-cut fell to the visitors after 24 minutes as pacy winger Ollie Cahill swung a cross in from the left and although it found Jason Byrne unmarked, the striker's header lacked conviction.

Deportivo breakthrough
Deportivo began the second half in determined mood and pressed the visitors back, with Pandiani narrowly missing with a header from Sergio's 57th-minute free-kick. With the pressure taking its toll, the home side duly opened the scoring two minutes later as Wes Houlihan lost the ball to Víctor and the Deportivo forward ran 20 metres unopposed and found the bottom corner of the net.

Stunning second
It was Víctor's second goal for which the night will be remembered, however, as he doubled the home side's lead six minutes past the hour, picking up the ball around 20 metres from goal and unleashing a wondrous strike that left goalkeeper Stephen Williams clutching at air.

Near miss
Deportivo continued to press, although Shelbourne striker Jason Byrne might have brought the Irish side back into contention with 15 minutes left only for his lob to drift centimetres wide.

Late third
The Spanish side completed a hard-earned win two minutes from time as Pandiani scored a third, finding the corner of the net with a well-struck free-kick from the corner of the penalty area. The game ended sourly for Shelbourne with midfield player Alan Moore collecting his second yellow card for a tackle on Jorge Andrade.

Last updated: 25/08/04 9.35CET

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Lineups

deportivo

Deportivo

shelbourne

Shelbourne

1
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
1
WilliamsSteven Williams (GK)
2
Manuel PabloManuel Pablo
Substitution69
2
O. HearyOwen Heary (C)
5
César MartínCésar Martín
3
CrawleyDavid Crawley
Yellow Card47
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
4
RogersDave Rogers
3
RomeroEnrique Romero
5
HarrisJamie Harris
6
Mauro SilvaMauro Silva (C)
Yellow Card38
Substitution46
6
MooreAlan Moore
Red/Yellow Card90
8
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
Yellow Card60
7
CahillOllie Cahill
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
Goal59
Goal65
8
ByrneStuart Byrne
Yellow Card57
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón
9
NdoJoseph Ndo
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Goal88
10
J. ByrneJason Byrne
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
Substitution76
11
HoolahanWesley Hoolahan
Yellow Card31
Substitution69

Substitutes

13
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
20
DelaneyDean Delaney (GK)
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
12
CrawfordJim Crawford
Substitution69
20
Pablo AmoPablo Amo
14
CawleyAlan Cawley
17
MunitisPedro Munitis
Substitution76
15
McCarthyGerard McCarthy
23
DuscherAldo Duscher
Substitution46
16
DohertyKevin Doherty
12
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution69
17
FitzpatrickGlenn Fitzpatrick
16
Rubén CastroRubén Castro
18
MorganThomas Morgan

Coach

Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP) Pat Fenlon (IRL)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Henri Reuter (LUX), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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