Deportivo La Coruna vs. Real Madrid : La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Real Madrid had to rely on a triple substitution to pick up three points in Galicia on Saturday night.
Riki gave Deportivo la Coruna a first half lead at the Riazor, and Madrid were lucky to only trail 1-0 at half time.
On the hour, Mourinho introduced Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sami Khedira and the pendulum swung in Madrid's direction.
First Kaka equalized and then, with time running out, Gonzalo Higuain scored a late winner to break Depor hearts and leave them adrift at the bottom of the table.
La Liga: Estadio Riazor, A Coruna (2 p.m. ET)
Deportivo la Coruna 1-2 Real Madrid (Riki - Kaka, Higuain)
Deportivo la Coruna: : Aranzubia; Sílvio (Bergantinos), Marchena, Kaká (Jesus Vazquez), Ayoze; Abel Aguilar, Assunção; Bruno Gama, Valerón, Pizzi; Riki (Nelson Oliveira)
Real Madrid: Diego López; Arbeloa, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo (Ronaldo); Essien (Khedira), Modric (Ozil); Kaka, Callejón, Di María; Higuain
So Madrid beat Deportivo to send them into a season-defining period on a high. Thanks for joining us tonight, and if you're looking for a man of the match, we'd go for Kaka.
Full time. It's all over at Riazor, Mourinho's triple substitution spurs Madrid to comeback and beat Deportivo 2-1
90 +4 - Time nearly up now, Depor not threatening at all.
90 - Angel Di Maria sent off! The Argentinian picks up two yellow cards in a matter of seconds. He was told to retreat for a Depor free kick and didn't and was booked, he then failed to move again and picked up a second booking. Silly.
88 - Real Madrid break Depor hearts with what will surely be a late winner! A brilliant reverse pass from Kaka plays in Cristiano Ronaldo, who unselfishly squares for Higuain to tap into an empty net.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL for Real Madrid!
86 - Deportivo let off the hook by the referee. What looks like a fumble by Aranzubia is followed by a goal mouth scramble, but the ref blows for something and awards Depor a free kick in their six yard box.
83 - Foul by Arbeloa gives Deportivo some breathing time. Real Madrid have been pushing forward since the equalizer.
79 - Ronaldo close again! Generates enough power on his header but doesn't hit the target.
77 - Real Madrid have been dominant since the triple substitution, but Depor still look to carry a threat on the break...
Ronaldo goes close! Beats his man on the left before drawing a smart save from Aranzubia.
75 - Deportivo make their final change. Goal scorer Riki is replaced by Portugal international Nelson Oliveira.
73 - Kaka shows a touch of class to draw Real Madrid level. Di Maria rolls the ball to him on the edge of the box, and the Brazilian cooly curls one past Aranzubia.
It's his first goal in La Liga this season.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL for Real Madrid!
71 - Into the last 20 minutes now for Madrid to try and salvage something from this game. If their starting 11 suggested their minds were elsewhere, Mourinho's changes show tonight is still important too.
I've said it once and I will say it again. Teams are no longer scared of Real Madrid.— Tre Atkinson (@TreAtkinson) February 23, 2013
67 - The free kick is well worked, straight from the training ground but the final ball is just behind Riki.
66 - Ozil's free kick is headed away, but only as far as Di Maria who smashes it into a wall of bodies from about 25 yards.
Deportivo break and draw a free kick in a promising position...
64 - Ronaldo has the ball in the back of the net, but the flag had been up for a while. Offside.
63 - Cristiano Ronaldo draws a free kick in Cristiano Ronaldo territory...
...The Portuguese forward steps up to take it and smashes it into the Deportivo wall.
61 - Inside the last half hour now and Depor still lead 1-0.
56 - Deportivo forced into their second change. Jesus Vazquez replaces Kaka.
Meanwhile Madrid make a triple substitution - Khedira, Ozil and Ronaldo replace Essien, Modric and Marcelo.
54 - Two Pizzi free kicks cause brief confusion in the Madrid box with little substance. Los Blancos eventually clear their lines, break and win a corner.
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