Deportivo Dons First Crown

Published May 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Deportivo Coruna won the Spanish league title for the first time in their 94-year history after destroying their rivals Espanyol 2-0 on Friday. 

Brazilian-born Donato, the second-oldest man in the First Division got Deportivo off to a flying start with the first leading goal, followed by teammate Roy Makaay who added the second goal to top the standings for 69 points from 38 games. 

Leaving both giant Spaniard clubs, Barcelona and Valencia are tied holding 64 points each, but goals made Barcelona come in second while Valencia third. 

Espanyol woke up late and went after a consolation goal pressing forward in the final minutes, but the greatest danger to Deportivo goalkeeper Jacques Songo'o came when his side's Brazilian midfielder Djalminha nearly lobbed the ball into his own net midway through the first half. 

Deportivo supporters sensed the victory twenty minutes before the end of the match, as they started singing Queen's rock anthem "We are the champions," and thousands immediately flooded out to celebrate the ever wanted victory in the streets of the city. 

"It is the happiest and best day of my career," said Dutch soccer, Makaay. 

Teammate Donato described the title as "the culmination of everything this team has been working for all season, and for several years" - (Several Sources) 



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