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banner Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 08:53 GMT
Deportivo ruin Real party
Deportivo La Coruna's players marvel at winning the King's Cup
Deportivo hold on in the final to win the King's Cup
Real Madrid 1-2 Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo Coruna survived a furious Real Madrid fightback to win the King's Cup final and leave the home side with nothing to celebrate on the night of their 100th birthday.

Depor took the lead in what was a bad-tempered game after just six minutes, Sergio beating Fernando Hierro for pace and slotting a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Cesar.

Diego Tristan made it 2-0 seven minutes before half-time and Real were left needing an almost superhuman effort in the second half to save the situation.


It was a match worthy of a centenary
Deportivo coach Javier Irureta

Raul gave them hope just before the hour mark as he tapped in a Fernando Morientes cross.

But there was to be no fairytale finish as Deportivo held on to win the competition for only the second time in their history.

The Real players stared almost in disbelief as referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez blew the final whistle.

Deportivo La Coruna's Sergio celebrates scoring the opener
Sergio on target for Deportivo

The Depor team, meanwhile, raced to their fans at the north end of the ground to celebrate by climbing on top of the goal.

Their victory was fully deserved, based on the intricate passing of their five-man midfield backed by a resolute, almost heroic, defence.

Spanish international midfielder Sergio got the opener on six minutes, taking a pass from Tristan and wrong-footing Hierro on his way into the box, where he beat Real keeper Cesar with a low shot.

Real roared back at the Galicians and almost had an equaliser when Zinedine Zidane headed against the bar.

Zidane also saw a low shot well stopped by Depor keeper Jose Molina at his near post.

Spanish King Juan Carlos consoles Real Madrid's Roberto Carlos
King Juan Carlos consoles Roberto Carlos

But Irureta's side were looking dangerous on the break and it was no great surprise when they added a second seven minutes before half-time.

Victor set Juan Carlos Valeron running clear down the right and he crossed hard and low in the box for Tristan to supply a simple finish.


I'd like to congratulate Deportivo on what was a brilliant victory
Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque

After the interval, Real continued to pour forward as they looked to salvage the situation and Santiago Solari conjured Real's reply on 59 minutes.

The Argentine midfielder hooked the ball over the Depor defence towards Morientes, who crossed low for Raul to convert at the near post.

Real gave it everything but could not find a way past Molina for a second time and they were left to trudge from the field.

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