Depor go top
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Veteran defender Donato fired Depor in front after just 13 minutes and Lionel Scaloni made sure of the win with the second in stoppage time to give Deportivo all three points.
The win moves Deportivo a point clear of Real Madrid after they were surprisingly held to a goalless draw at lowly Recreativo.
Real coach Vicente Del Bosque fielded an under-strength side with Zinedine Zidane Luis Figo joining Ronaldo and Raul on the injury list.
Real were unwilling to take any risks on their stars with one eye on the second leg of their Champions League semi-final with Juventus next week.
With strike pair Ronaldo and Raul ruled out through injury Real were a little shot-shy in attack.
Makeshift strike pair Fernando Morientes and Tote both wasted good chances in the first half, while Raul Molina caused problems for the Real defence.
Real struggled to break down a resolute Recreativo defence in the second half and were forced to settle for a point.
Real suffered a further injury blow with French midfielder Claude Makelele sustaining a thigh injury and he is rated doubtful for the game in Turin.
Alaves gave their chances of avoiding relegation from La Primera a huge boost following a vital 1-0 victory at embattled Atletico Madrid.
The Basque club have now moved out of the bottom three after registering their first win for eleven games.
Romanian hit-man Adrian Ilie got the all-important goal ten minutes after the interval.
Atletico huffed and puffed but could not find an equaliser, and defeat brings to an end a miserable week for 'los rojiblancos' whose coach Luis Aragones confirmed he would be standing down at the end of the season.
Osasuna earned a precious point in their fight for survival with a goalless draw at Espanyol.
Athletic Bilbao's European hopes suffered a blow after being held to a goalless draw at home to Valladolid.
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