Deportivo 1-0 Basle
Tristan (right) scored the only goal
Deportivo Coruna reignited their Champions League campaign after an early goal from in-form striker Diego Tristan gave them victory over
The Spanish international was gifted the
simplest of tap-ins when Basle goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuehler
failed to gather a harmless-looking cross after four minutes.
The win means Depor leapfrog the Swiss side in the standings
and are now level on four points with Juventus.
Deportivo, who not yet won a match in the second phase, got
off to a perfect start when Tristan poked in at the far post
after Zuberbuehler flapped at a cross from right back Hector.
But Basle seemed unperturbed by their early setback and put
together a series of promising attacks in the next few minutes.
Midfielder Carlos Varela saw his fierce drive
parried by Depor goalkeeper Juanmi and seconds later forward
Christian Gimenez sent a glancing header just wide of the post.
Basle did their best to exploit some lax Depor
defending from set pieces, but were unable to add the finishing
touch when they came within striking distance of the goal.
Defender Marco Zwyssig was given a free header
by the Deportivo defence only to see it blocked by team-mate
Gimenez as it made its way towards goal.
Deportivo tried their best to tame the lively Basle attack,
but missed the stabilising influence of injured Brazilian
midfielder Mauro Silva and never looked comfortable with their
The hosts looked a different side when live-wire winger Jose
Emilio Amavisca came on and began linking well with
the Deportivo attack.
Deportivo substitute striker Albert Luque seemed certain to score nine
minutes from time when he raced clear of the Basle defence but
stumbled and lost control off the ball after he had rounded
Basle forward Hakan Yakin came within a whisker of grabbing
an equaliser six minutes from time when his dipping volley
skimmed the bar.
And Depor had to endure several other nervous
moments before claiming their narrow win.
D Coruna: Juanmi, Hector, Romero, Andrade, Naybet, Scaloni,
Fran (Amavisca 58), Sergio, Duscher, Makaay (Luque 79),
Tristan (Valeron 67).
Subs Not Used: Mallo, Manuel Pablo, Capdevila, Acuna.
Basle: Zuberbuhler, Haas, Quennoz, Zwyssig, Huggel,
Varela (Juilio Rossi 56), Barberis (Tum 73), Atouba, Gimenez,
Hakan Yakin, Chipperfield.
Subs Not Used: Rapo, Duruz, Degen.
Referee: Stephane Bre (France).