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Deportivo la Coruña 1 - 1 Juventus FC
Wed 18 October 20:45
Riazor, La Coruña
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Juventus FC were singing in the the rain in Spain after a precious point against Deportivo La Coruña from a 1-1 draw in the Riazor stadium kept them at the top of Group E in the First Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Both goals came in a two minute spell early in an exciting first half, although the second period lacked the same sparkle.

Donato & Alessio Tacchinardi go for the ball in their Group E match (© Reuters)
Top of the group

With Panathinaikos and Hamburg sharing a goalless draw in Athens, Juve remain at the top of the group, narrowly ahead of  La Coruña on goal difference.
La Coruña's Brazilian midfielder Djalma Feitosa Dias 'Djalminha' stamped his authority on the game from the first whistle, constantly splitting open the
Italian defence with his precise passing.

Run of play

Yet it was Juve who opened the scoring after 10 minutes, when they won a corner on the right flank against the run of play.
Alessandro Del Piero swung in the corner, Mark Iuliano's volley was brilliantly saved by La Coruña goalkeeper José Francisco Molina, but Filippo
Inzaghi pounced on the loose ball to stab it over the line.

Victor Sánchez del Amo equalised for the Spaniards two minutes later after a sloppy mistake by Juve goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar.
A cross from the right by García Díaz 'Manuel Pablo' was sliced by Van Der Sar's wayward boot and when the ball was driven back across by Turu Flores, Victor was on hand to slot it home.

José Oscar 'Turu Flores' unleashed a fierce drive after 24 minutes which hit Juve's Ferrara on the head, leaving him feeling dazed.
Two minutes later, Walter Gerardo Pandiani got on the end of another great ball into the box by Djalminha but was crowded out by Juve's defence.

Victor wasted a good chance for the home side after 39 minutes at the end of a neat move. He was put in again by Djalminha, but he curled his effort wide when really he should have hit the target.Then in first half stoppage time, Djalminha unleashed a fierce shot which dipped over the bar.

Playing for the draw
The second half failed to live up to expectation, and the longer it went on the more it looked like Juve were going to play for the draw.
There was some pretty passing in the Juve midfield, but they didn't progress too far forward. The Italians seemed to be lacking the spark of Zinedine Zidane, who was suspended.

Final ball

After 53 minutes a free kick for Juve on the right flank resulted in Inzaghi's cross being played too deep into the box. There was plenty of possession for the Italians, but the final ball was lacking.
As the game moved into the latter stages, both teams delayed the action by each making their three permitted substitutions. But there was little to do for either goalkeeper.

Wet surface

One of the Juve subs, David Trezeguet, tried to unsettle the home goalkeeper with a 25-yard low drive on the wet surface after 78 minutes, but Molina made the save look easy.
Although Juve looked happier at the final whistle, the Spaniards will not be too disappointed when to hear that the other game in the group also ended in stalemate.
First Half  1 - 1
10'  9 Inzaghi  JU
12'  18 Victor  CO
22'  2 Ferrara  JU
32'  26 Davids  JU
44'  10 Del Piero  JU
Extra 2'09"
Second Half  1 - 1
61'  8 Djalma  CO
62'  18 Kovacevic (out)
14 Bachini (in)
66'  11 Turu Flores (out)
25 Fernando (in)
71'  9 Inzaghi (out)
17 Trezeguet (in)
74'  18 Victor  CO
76'  17 Pandiani (out)
9 Diego (in)
87'  18 Victor (out)
12 Scaloni (in)
89'  20 Tacchinardi (out)
15 Birindelli (in)
Extra 3'51"
Full Time Statistics
3 Shots on goal 3
5 Wide shots 2
12 Fouls committed 20
4 Corners 1
4 Off sides 16
29'3" Ball Possession (time) 29'16"
49% Ball Possession (%) 51%
Detailed Match Player Statistics >>
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La Coruña Post-Match Reaction
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Juventus FC celebrated in the rain in Spain as a precious point against Deportivo La Coruña in a 1-1 draw in the Riazor stadium kept them at the top of Group E in the First Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League.
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13 Molina 
2 Manuel Pablo 
3 Romero 
4 Naybet 
8 Djalma 
11 Turu Flores 
14 Emerson 
16 Cesar Sampaio 
17 Pandiani 
18 Victor 
20 Donato (C)
1 Songo'o 
9 Diego 
12 Scaloni 
15 Capdevila 
21 Valeron 
22 Helder 
25 Fernando 
1 Van Der Sar 
2 Ferrara 
5 Tudor 
7 Pessotto 
8 Conte (C)
9 Inzaghi 
10 Del Piero 
13 Iuliano 
18 Kovacevic 
20 Tacchinardi 
26 Davids 
12 Rampulla 
11 Fonseca 
14 Bachini 
15 Birindelli 
16 Zanchi 
17 Trezeguet 
19 Esnaider 
Assistant Referee
FAYE Bruno (FRA)
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