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Makaay delighted to keep Depor on course for second phase

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LA CORUNA, Spain, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Deportivo Coruna striker Roy Makaay is delighted with his form after a spectacular winner sent Bayern Munich crashing out of Europe and kept his side on course for qualification for the second phase of the Champions League.

"I am very happy," the Dutch international told reporters after scoring in the 89th minute of Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the German side at the Riazor.

"It is great to score and espcially if you do it in the last minute as the opposition has no time to react," said Makaay who also claimed a hat-trick in his side's historic 3-2 win over the Germans in the first match between the two sides last month.

After an absorbing and evenly balanced first half Deportivo took the lead when Victor scored with a swinging free kick on 55 minutes.

Substitute Roque Santa Cruz kept Bayern's faint hopes of qualification alive when he levelled with a powerful leader on 77 minutes, but Makaay sealed a dramatic victory with a brilliant volley in the dying minutes.

The result meant that the four-times European champions were destined to finish in bottom place in group G and will not even have the consolation of playing in the UEFA Cup.

Deportivo remain well placed to qualify in second place, although they will have to win their final game away to AC Milan to make certain of keeping Lens at bay and joining the Italians in the next phase.

"We knew it would be difficult because Bayern never throw in the towel," said Makaay.

"We had to dig deep, but in the end got the win we needed and now the most important thing is that we still depend on ourselves for qualification."

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