Real Madrid vs. Deportivo La Coruna: As It Happened
Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo La Coruña (full time)
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Deportivo: Daniel Aranzubia, Manuel Pablo (capt.) (Laure 46'), Carlos Marchena, Zé Castro, Evaldo; Abel Aguilar, Alex Bergantiños, Bruno Gama, Juan Domínguez (Javier Camuñas 70'), Pizzi; Riki (Nelson Oliveira 56')
GOALS: Riki (DEP) 16', Ronaldo (RM) 23' (pen.), 44', 84' (pen.); Di Maria (RM) 38', Pepe (RM) 66
FULL TIME: REAL MADRID 5, DEPORTIVO 1
There's the final whistle. It's a great result for Real, and an even better performance.
After going behind to a stunning early goal, Real fought back with five unanswered goals. Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, and Angel Di Maria was in excellent form.
Considering the rough start to the season Real have endured, today's result is exactly what Jose Mourinho and company needed.
90'—RM 5, DEP 1
Two minutes of stoppage time…
…which for Alex Ferguson wouldn't be nearly enough.
4 – Real Madrid have scored against Deportivo three headed goals in La Liga this season, more than any other team in only a game. Tool— Opta (@OptaJose) September 30, 2012
87'—RM 5, DEP 1
Garbage time now. This match has been over for a long time, and in truth, Real could be ahead by more.
Real have had 21 shots tonight and completed just under 500 passes. They've dominated this match, apart from Deportivo's opener against the run of play.
Ronaldo completes his hat trick with his second penalty of the match. This one is low and to his left.
Aranzubia guessed right, but Ronaldo's shot was perfect. It bounced off the upright and into the net.
Real win a penalty for a handball in the box. Laure receives a yellow card for dissent.
82'—RM 4, DEP 1
Ronaldo combines with Kaka on the left, and Kaka finds space on the left.
His shot is on target but it's saved.
Can Real score one more time before the end of the match?
Deportivo put the ball in the back of the net, but Camuñas is whistled for offside before shooting.
Replays show it was a very tight decision. Was it correct?
Ronaldo leads a lightning-quick counter after a Deportivo free kick. Benzema races free down the right, but Ronaldo lays off for Kaka on the left.
Kaka's shot is saved.
74'—RM 4, DEP 1
Patient, classy buildup by Real Madrid ends with Benzema being whistled for offside.
That was a beautiful, flowing move up until that point.
Last change for Deportivo. Javier Camuñas replaces Juan Dominguez.
Ronaldo's shot from the middle is saved. Kaka was lurking for a possible rebound.
Real can name their score right now.
Real win a free kick on the left. Xabi Alonso provides his trademark delivery, and Pepe redirects the ball into the net.
Shocking defending by Deportivo, though. It has to be said.
Karim Benzema replaces Gonzalo Higuain. That's Real Madrid's last sub.
Moments earlier, Marcelo bowled over a Deportivo defender in the Deportivo box. Words were exchanged but nothing ugly.
60'—RM 3, DEP 1
There's a delay as Abel Aguilar receives treatment for an injury. He limps off and appears fine after a few moments.
On the left, Marcelo lays off for Kaka, who lays off for Xabi Alonso.
Alonso powers a drive on goal, but it's pushed away. Nice effort!
Luka Modric is replaced by Xabi Alonso.
Modric played pretty well in Alonso's deep midfield role, providing an assist and solid cover for the defense.
57'—RM 3, DEP 1
Sergio Ramos heads a corner into the middle, where it lands at the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has his back to goal and can't turn. The chance passes.
Here's a sub, but it's Deportivo, not Real.
Nelson Oliveira replaces Riki, the goalscorer.
55'—RM 3, DEP 1
Real in complete control. Not many attacks lately, but Jose Mourinho's side is very, very comfortable.
Expect to see a few more subs soon as Real look ahead to their midweek Champions League match.
Real Madrid's Luka Modric receives a yellow card for an intentional handball.
49'—RM 3, DEP 1
Higuain wins a free kick for Real on the left. Ronaldo takes it, and Deportivo clear it easily before trying to counter.
Real deal with the counter and head right back to the attack.
Kaka replaced Ozil at halftime for Real Madrid.
Laure replaced Manuel Pablo for Deportivo. Pablo, who's 36, had clearly been targeted by Real in the first half.
46'—RM 3, DEP 1
Real restart the match.
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