DRAMATIC FINALES CLOSE GAP AT LIGA TOP
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A bruising encounter seemed destined for a scoreless draw, despite eight bookings and the visitors' Romanian star Adrian Ilie receiving his marching orders for picking up two yellow cards.
However, emerging Uruguayan star, Walter Pandiani eventually broke the deadlock in the 88th minute to send the La Riazor faithful delirious.
And Depor closed to within a point of Valencia when Dutch striker Roy Makaay (pictured) made sure of the points with an injury time goal, taking advantage of sloppy defensive play he rifled the ball home from the edge of the area to leave the visitors stunned.
There were similar scenes in Barcelona as the home side kept up the pressure on the top of La Liga with a typically bizarre game at Camp Nou against Valladolid.
A hard fought first half ended scoreless although the bookings had reached three as the half closed and Abelardo was sent off in injury time, just before the interval.
However, ten men Barca took the lead through Dutch international Patrick Kluivert, with a typically clinical finish in the 52nd minute.
This lead only lasted three minutes before Jose Caminero cracked in the equaliser for the visitors.
Despite constant pressure from the ten men hosts, the game was meandering towards a close, until Brazilian magician Rivaldo decided to take matters into his own hands.
Rivaldo stunned Valladolid with an 87th minute winner and they were helpless as Josep Guardiola fired in a third in the last minute as Barca somehow ran out 3-1 victors.