Pandiani leads Espanyol to victory

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Walter Pandiani's last-minute goal led Espanyol to a 2-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna in a Copa del Rey first-leg semifinal match on Thursday.

Pandiani leads Espanyol to victory

Madrid:

Walter Pandiani's last-minute goal led Espanyol to a 2-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna in a Copa del Rey first-leg semifinal match on Thursday.Pandiani scored after Luis Garcia's shot rebounded off teammate Ferran Corominas to give Espanyol a slight advantage.Ruben Castro gave Deportivo the lead with a fifth-minute penalty, with Garcia equalizing with a penalty of his own in the 56th minute.In the other semifinal, Zaragoza beat Real Madrid 6-1 at La Romareda Stadium on the back of four goals by Diego Milito and two from Ewerthon. The second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is on Tuesday. The final is set for April 12 at a venue yet to be decided.Ruben put visitors ahead at Lluis Companys Olympic stadium after striker Angel Arizmendi was impeded by Espanyol captain Albert Lopo as he ran toward the goal.The Deportivo forward also was thwarted twice before halftime by Espanyol goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz, who parried his 10th-minute shot and then tipped a long-range drive over the bar 27 minutes later.Espanyol, which has won the Copa del Rey three times, struggled to create chances but almost equalized when Pandiani rattled the post with a volley a minute before the interval.Ruben again came very close in the 49th minute, his low shot deflected by Iraizoz's feet and traveling just past his left post. Garcia equalized when defender Jorge Andrade was penalized for handball. Coloccini was ejected for kicking midfielder Jofre Mateu as the pair rose to head the ball. (AP)



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