stad: riazor stadyumu (a coruna) tarih: 15-09-2004 seyirci: 22.000 hakem: frank de bleeckere (belçika)
deportivo la coruna (teknik direktör: javier irureta) jose francisco molina, manuel pablo garcia, cesar martin, jorge andrade, enrique romero, pedro munitis (hector berenguel 89'), lionel scaloni, sergio gonzalez, albert luque (francisco javier gonzalez “fran” 71'), juan carlos valeron, walter pandiani
olympiakos (teknik direktör: dusan bajeviç) antonios nikopolidis, anastasios pantos (athanasios kostoulas 89'), georgios anatolakis, gabriel francisco schürrer, stylianos venetidis, rivaldo vitor borba ferreira, pantelis kafes, ieroklis stoltidis, grigoris georgatos (georgios georgiadis 86'), giovanni silva (dimitrios mavrogenidis 77'), giannis okkas
yardımcı hakemler: roland van nylen (bel), dirk vanhoutte (bel)
4. hakem: claude bourdouxhe (bel)
deportivo: josé francisco molina(gk), manuel pablo, enrique romero, césar martín, walter pandiani, sergio gonzález, pedro munitis (dk. 89 berenguel héctor), lionel scaloni (c), jorge andrade, albert luque (dk. 71 fran), juan carlos valerón
yedekler: gustavo munúa (gk), joan capdevila, pablo amo, changui, carlos pita
teknik direktör: javier iruretagoyena amiano (esp)
deportivo kept in check published: wednesday 15 september 2004, 21.45cet
rc deportivo la coruña 0-0 olympiakos cfp last year's semi-finalists are held by well-organised olympiakos.
by fergus o'shea at the riazor stadium
olympiakos cfp earned themselves a scoreless draw tonight in this uefa champions league group a opener as last year's semi-finalists rc deportivo la coruña failed to break the visitors down. despite controlling much of the possession and coming close on several occassions the galicians were only able to collect a point against a highly organised greek outfit.
fran on the bench deportivo coach javier irureta, starting with his usual 4-2-3-1 formation, was forced to omit the injured víctor sánchez due to injury, with pedro munitis taking his place on the left wing. captain fran gonzález, on his return from a calf injury, began on the bench but 35-year-old maura silva was still missing, as was argentinian aldo duscher. walter pandiani spearheaded the attack, with juan carlos valerón playing in his role as provider behind the attack.
few chances for the greek visitors brazilian giovanni joined yiannis okkas up front and the former world player of the year rivaldo was on the right wing. chances in the early stages were few and far between, but it was the visitors who looked the more likely to open the scoring.
rivaldo involved rivaldo was heavily involved with his deft passing and his talent for winning free-kicks, and when he missed narrowly with an overhead kick from the edge of the box on 14 minutes the depor supporters let out an audible sigh of relief.
okkas close three minutes later olympiakos were on the attack again. a free-kick from greek international stylianos venetidis was glanced on in the box by former fc barcelona player giovanni, but the outstretched okkas was unable to finish the move off.
sergio free-kick deportivo's best chance of the first half came from a free-kick by sergio gonzález on 19 minutes. his cross from the left wing found central defender césar martín unmarked at the back post, but he was unable to direct his downward header on target. just on half-time albert luque came close for the hosts after valéron took a quick free-kick to send the winger free on the left flank. however, his low shot failed to trouble antonios nikopolidis in the olympiacos goal and it went past the far post.
schurrer stumble neither side made any changes at the interval and the contest continued to be evenly matched, although it was the home team who came closest to scoring on 47 minutes. a low cross from luque did not look likely to reach pandiani at the far post, but when defender gabriel schurrer stumbled there was a chance, but the uruguayan misjudged his run.
admirable defence possession was dominated by deportivo from that point onwards, and although they pressed forward relentlessly they were unable to complete a sequence of passing with a realistic goalscoring opportunity. olympiacos, although losing much of the coherency with which they played in the first half, defended admirably and broke forward whenever possible, but unlike in the first period rivaldo was of less influence for the greeks.
keeper untoubled fran was eventually brought on to a standing ovation on 70 minutes for winger luque. the galician side continued to seek that elusive winning goal but despite portuguese central defender jorge andrade making some surging runs forward, depor were forced to resort to long-distance shots, which to the disappointment of the the home fans failed to trouble the keeper significantly.
yepyeni emre ınter'de forma giyen emre belözoğlu, takımının şampiyonlar ligi'nde w.bremen'i 2-0 yendiği maçtaki performansıyla göklere çıkarıldı. la gazetta dello sport, geniş yer ayırdığı oyuncumuz için "yepyeni" yorumunu yaptı. bir ara ınter'den ayrılması gündeme gelen emre ise "hocam bana güvenip takımda tuttu. ben de onun güvenini boşa çıkarmadım" dedi.