Light and darkness at the Riazor Stadium on matchday 41 of the Liga Adelante. The ecstasy of RC Deportivo de La Coruña contrasted with the bitter feeling that Real Jaén CF were left with when they fell to a 1-0 defeat and saw their chances of staying in the division for another season depleted.
In front of a full house, aware what was at stake for their team, the Galician side dominated, pressed and took the danger to Jaén’s goal from the first minute of the game. The sooner they could secure promotion, the better, thought Fernando Vázquez’s men. And, as could be expected, the goal came quickly. Wily Carlos Marchena waited in the penalty box on a free kick from in front of the area, which René half stopped. The defender finished with ease to give his team the lead and send the crowd wild.
Though Jaén persisted in the final stages of the first half, luck was not on the side of the Andalusians, who had to wait for Jona Mejía to take to the field to create any danger in attack. Even so, Deportivo’s stamina and desire for victory earned them the three points and their return to the Liga BBVA, 364 days after being relegated from the top division.