More than Spanish pride at stake for Zaragoza

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More than Spanish pride will be at stake when the holders, Real Zaragoza, and Deportivo La Coruna, coached by John Toshack, meet in tonight's European Cup-Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg.

Poor form has put the Zaragoza coach, Victor Fernandez, under pressure and the club vice-president, Alfonso Solans, made it clear this week that his job could well depend on tonight's result.

"It's not normal that a team plays so badly the whole season," Solans said. "Fernandez has our full support until Thursday, but afterwards we'll see."

Zaragoza, who have not lost a European game at home for two years, trail 1-0 from the first leg, and their league form hardly inspires confidence. They lost their seventh home game of the season at the weekend to lowly Racing Santander.

The Uruguayan midfielder Gustavo Poyet was carried off with concussion, but will play tonight. Xavier Aguado and Gustavo Lopez, however, are both suspended.

Bebeto is likely to play for Deportivo after missing the first leg, having settled his differences with Toshack. The Brazilian celebrated his return to the side with a fine goal in Sunday's 3-2 home win over Sevilla.

Borussia Monchengladbach, who travel to Rotterdam to face Feyenoord, have not lost to a Dutch side in European competition. However, that record will face a stern test tonight following a 2-2 draw in their home leg, and the Germans will be without striker Martin Dahlin, who has calf problems.

The Feyenoord coach, Arie Haan, is taking nothing for granted. "Despite the unfavourable first-leg result, Borussia won't be seduced into attacking football," he said. "They will wait patiently until we make mistakes."

Defender Henk Fraser is ruled out with an ankle injury and striker Henryk Larsson is doubtful with a strained back muscle, but the Dutch international Gaston Taument is set to return.

Paris St-Germain bid to score a French double over Italy as they entertain the Uefa Cup holders, Parma, who lead 1-0 from the first leg. PSG will draw inspiration from Bordeaux's triumph over Milan in Tuesday's Uefa Cup, when they overturned a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 overall. "I've said it already and I'll say it again, Parma are not Milan," said the PSG coach, Luis Fernandez. "We can make it. I will tell my players to just go for it."

He will be without attacking midfielder Youri Djorkaeff and defender Jose Cobos through injury, but central defender Alain Roche is fit to return.

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