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Saviola shines for majestic Monaco

Published: Wednesday 29 September 2004, 0.04CET
AS Monaco FC 2-0 RC Deportivo La Coruña Javier Saviola finds the net as Monaco ease to victory.

Match statistics

MonacoDeportivo

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
1
Corners3
 
11
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed22
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 29 September 2004, 0.04CET

Saviola shines for majestic Monaco

AS Monaco FC 2-0 RC Deportivo La Coruña Javier Saviola finds the net as Monaco ease to victory.

By Matthew Spiro at Stade Louis II

AS Monaco FC proved to be RC Deportivo La Coruña's nemesis again, following up last season's 8-3 mauling with a more modest, but still convincing, victory.

Early lead
The result gives Monaco their first points in this season's UEFA Champions League while Deportivo prop up Group A with a solitary point. Like in 2003/04, Monaco roared into an early lead, with Mohamed Kallon and Javier Saviola both scoring in the first ten minutes, and while Deportivo managed to stem the tide on this occasion, they rarely looked like turning the game.

Evra switch
Monaco reverted to a four-man backline after deploying three defenders in their opening day defeat at Liverpool FC, with Patrice Evra handed a new midfield role and Gaël Givet moving across to left-back. Pontus Farnerud replaced Diego Pérez on the right of midfield and Saviola continued his attacking partnership with Emmanuel Adebayor.

Five changes
Deportivo made five changes from the side that was held by Olympiacos CFP. Pablo Amo and Joan Capdevila came into the defence, while Víctor Sánchez, Aldo Duscher and Fran joined Sergio González in a revamped midfield behind front-two Juan Carlos Valerón and Walter Pandiani.

Zikos impressive
The home side started brightly and Adebayor saw his shot blocked on the edge of the area as Deportivo struggled in the opening exchanges. The Monaco midfield was quicker to every loose ball, with Akis Zikos playing with authority in front of his defence.

Monaco strike
Last season's finalists then made their early dominance count. After five minutes Maicon delivered a throughpass for Togolese striker Adebayor, who showed impressive calm in finding Kallon inside. Just one touch was required before Kallon drilled the ball past José Francisco Molina. Then Saviola doubled the lead, again scoring from close range after an unselfish cutback from Adebayor.

Víctor denied
Deportivo belatedly clawed their way into the game, with Fran delivering a string of inviting crosses from the left. The Monaco defence appeared untroubled, however, until a slip from Sébastien Squillaci let Víctor through on the right side of the penalty area after 20 minutes, but his left-foot shot was touched wide by Flavio Roma.

Saviola on top
Monaco were soon on top again, with Saviola frequently dropping deep and finding space. The Argentina forward almost played Adebayor through on 35 minutes but saw his pass blocked by Jorge Andrade's hand, resulting in a booking for the Deportivo defender.

Chance spurned
Deportivo should have pulled a goal back seconds later, as Fran teased a low cross to Pandiani at the far post but the sprawling Roma brilliantly saved his shot. It was a rare moment of danger for Monaco who went close to adding a third goal on 42 minutes, only for Saviola to see his stinging drive parried to safety by Molina.

Final contribution
The second half opened with a spell of Deportivo pressure and Roma was in the thick of the action again six minutes in, diving low to his left to save Pandiani's powerful volley after the striker had been played clear by Andrade. It was Pandiani's final contribution before being replaced by Alberto Luque.

Kallon close
Pedro Munitis then entered the fray in the 65th minute to give Deportivo another attacking option, but the home defence stood firm. At the other end Kallon's audacious long-range effort dipped over the crossbar.

Saviola chance
Adebayor almost capped an impressive individual display with a goal but his dipping volley in the 74th minute cannoned back off the crossbar. Molina then saved bravely at the feet of Saviola but Monaco's victory was long sealed.

Last updated: 29/09/04 11.11CET

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Lineups

monaco

Monaco

deportivo

Deportivo

30
RomaFlavio Roma (GK)
1
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card55
Substitution85
2
Manuel PabloManuel Pablo
8
KallonMohamed Kallon
Goal5
4
DuscherAldo Duscher
9
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Goal10
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Substitution56
13
MaiconMaicon
8
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
15
ZikosAkis Zikos
Substitution58
10
FranFran (C)
Substitution63
19
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
Yellow Card34
21
FarnerudPontus Farnerud
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
24
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Substitution78
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
27
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez (C)
20
Pablo AmoPablo Amo
32
GivetGaël Givet
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón

Substitutes

1
AudardFabien Audard (GK)
13
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
4
ModestoFrançois Modesto
Substitution85
5
César MartínCésar Martín
5
PérezDiego Pérez
Substitution58
11
MunitisPedro Munitis
Substitution63
6
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
12
ScaloniLionel Scaloni
Substitution46
10
ChevantónErnesto Chevantón
Substitution78
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
Substitution56
25
CamaraSouleymane Camara
24
HéctorBerenguel Héctor
35
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
33
PitaCarlos Pita

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP)

Referee

Stefano Farina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Oscar Girardi (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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