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10 Jan 2007
Depor finally achieved a win away from the Riazor. The Galicians repeated the 4-4-2 formation that was used against Real Madrid, but this time the lineup was filled with several 'bench' players. Taborda and Adri??n scored the goals that gives the team an important advantage in this eliminatory. Depor could even lose the second-leg by a 0-1 score and still make it through to the next round. The quarterfinals seem closer than ever.

Coach Caparr??s maintained the 4-4-2 strategy that he implemented against Real Madrid, but he made eight changes. The newcomers were Rodri at left back, and also Barrag??n as right-winger. Meanwhile, Taborda and Adri??n were chosen as the offensive duo.

In Mallorca the biggest surprise was seeing Ibagaza on the bench. Juan Arango was also rested and Jordi L??pez, Basinas and Jonas were responsible for the midfield. Ex-Depor star Diego Trist??n and Maxi L??pez were the strikers selected for this confrontation.

The first moments of the match belonged to Deportivo. Barrag??n was close to scoring when he latched on to a pass from Adri??n, but Moya stopped his effort. One minute later, Taborda headed out a corner-kick by Filipe. Both wingers, Filipe and Barrag??n, were involved in attacking , while Taborda and Adri??n seemed to concentrate on their roles. Mallorca only had one occasion to score when Juanma failed to clear a ball.  Tuni had the chance to score, but he shot wide.

But the brilliance of the opening minutes soon disappeared.  Only a free-kick from Sergio and a new effort by Barrag??n managed to trouble Moy??. Mallorca was also unable to create many chances. Basinas was lost in midfield and the balls were not getting to Maxi and Trist??n.

Later, the connection between Filipe and Adri??n started to flow.  The Brazilian received a pass from the striker and he sent a shot that Moy?? stopped. A couple of minutes later, Barrag??n tried to score from long distance, but this time the defence blocked his shot. The Galician youngster was very active during the first half, enjoying three chances to score.

The first period ended scoreless. Mallorca enjoyed possession, but their midfield wasn't able to create any danger. They managed just three shots, neither of them on goal. Meanwhile, Depor wasn't able to take full advantage of their chances – they made 11 shots during the first 45 minutes.

The second part started with the same protagonists, and the game followed a similar pattern as the first half. Depor continued to find better occasions to score, and this time the Galicians capitalized on the situation. Rodri sent a cross from the left that Moy?? failed to contain, and the ball ended up at Taborda's feet. The Uruguayan passed to Adri??n L??pez who scored the first goal of the night. It's the youngster’s first official goal wearing the Deportivo shirt.

That was the final blow to Mallorca's strategy. Depor continued to search for more goals. Shots from Rodri and Sergio demonstrated the Galicians’ unhappiness at the minimal advantage, and Depor found a reward in a cross from Manuel Pablo that Sebasti??n Taborda headed into the net.

Coach Gregorio Manzano reacted by sending on Ibagaza and Arango. The double modification changed things in midfield, and Mallorca started to generate more opportunities to score, the clearest one being a shot by Maxi L??pez that was brilliantly saved by Aouate. The situation became harder for Depor when Juan Rodr?­guez was sent off for his second yellow card (77').

 Caparr??s’ reaction was to put on a defender. He sent Fabril's youngster Adri??n L??pez (nicknamed Piscu) on for Adri??n. It was the central midfielder’s debut with the first squad and his mission was to play alongside Sergio in midfield. Verd?? and Valer??n also joined the team in a final attempt to control the ball during the last few minutes.

But Mallorca found hope with a goal in stoppage time thanks to an individual play by Maxi L??pez. The Argentine striker was wiser than Arbeloa and defeated Aouate with a left-footed shot from close range. It was an important goal for them, but Deportivo still maintained their chance to reach the quarterfinals.

The fans at the Ono Stadi weren't happy with Mallorca’s performance. Despite scoring a goal in the dying minutes, Manzano's squad heard a lot of whistles at the end of the game. Many white handkerchiefs were also seen in the stadium, a sign of the public’s anger – Mallorca hasn’t won a game at home since September.

Depor now has an important advantage in this tie. Mallorca will visit the Riazor next Wednesday, and they will do it knowing they have to score at least two goals. A 1-0 win in the second-leg will not be enough for them since the away goals count as double. A 2-1 victory for Mallorca would lead to extra-time. With this in mind, Depor have a good chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

Mallorca: Moy?? - H?©ctor, Ballesteros, Ramis, Dorado (Jankovic 78') - Jordi L??pez (Ibagaza 64'), Basinas, Jon??s, Tuni (Arango 64') - Maxi L??pez, Trist??n.
Deportivo: Aouate - Manuel Pablo, Arbeloa, Juanma, Rodri - Barrag??n, Juan Rodr?­guez, Sergio, Filipe (Verd?? 74') - Adri??n (Adri??n L??pez 'Piscu' 78'), Taborda (Valer??n 86').
Goals: 0-1: (56') Adri??n L??pez, 0-2: (63') Taborda, 1-2: (90+2') Maxi L??pez.
Referee: Daud?©n Ib???±ez. He showed yellow cards to, Jordi (28'), Ballesteros (39'), Ramis (80'), Barrag??n (82'), Jon??s (83'). Juan Rodr?­guez was sent off with two yellow cards (12' and 77')
Venue: Ono Stadi (6,000)
Other statistics: Ball possession (57% - 43%); Shots (9 - 18); Shots on goal (2 - 6); Corner-kicks (10 - 5); Off-sides (1 - 2); Fouls (13 - 19).

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