Barcelona vs. Deportivo La Coruna: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Barcelona 2-0 Deportivo La Coruna, Camp Nou, Full Time
Deportivo La Coruna started brightly at the Camp Nou but a weakened Barcelona side proved enough to overcome the side currently residing at the bottom of La Liga, despite leaving it late to wrap up the victory.
The Blaugrana failed to get up to speed after taking the lead through Alexis Sanchez eight minutes before halftime but Lionel Messi scored in his 17th consecutive league fixture after coming on in the second period.
While the three points might be theirs, Barca will be disappointed not to have put in a more assured performance against a side so low in the Spanish top flight but attentions will now turn to Tuesday's epic encounter with AC Milan.
Scorers: Sanchez (37'), Messi (89')
While the three points might be staying at the Camp Nou, Barcelona will be disappointed at having to bring on their big guns in order to see off Deportivo La Coruna, currently bottom of La Liga.
In the end, it was a piece of Lionel Messi brilliance that brightened Barca's hopes heading into their Champions League clash with AC Milan, but a rare clean sheet for the Catalan club is arguably the biggest positive to take away from this victory.
90'+2â€”FCB 2-0 DEP
Just a minute left to go and Barca are finishing this one in style but refuse to relent in their pursuit of a third goal.
Who else would it be?
Lionel Messi scores for the 17th consecutive La Liga match and does so with aplomb.
Coming across from the left side, the Argentine exchanges a quick one-two with Dani Alves that opens up some space inside the Deportivo box before slicing a delicate ship over Aranzubia and putting this one beyond the visitors' reach.
88'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
Messi begrudgingly puts the ball out of play after Camunas crumples to the ground following a clash with Dani Alves.
Replays show the Depor midfielder simply kicked Alves' studs and the game is back underway after Camunas rises to his feet.
84'â€”YELLOW CARD (Song)
The pendulum continues to shift in Depor's favour and Alex Song is the latest in the referee's book after intentionally fouling Aguilar in an attempt to break up a counter-attack.
81'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
The Blaugrana continue to struggle in finishing off Deportivo this evening and despite soaking up an immense amount of pressure, the visitors can be pleased with the second-half display they've put in this evening.
A little bit more creativity in attack and the Turks might actually succeed in at least threatening the upset this evening.
78'â€”SUBSTITUTION (Deportivo La Coruna)
Paulo Assuncao makes way so that Juan Dominguez can inject a little more urgency as Depor continue to chase this game.
Sergio Busquets is on for Cesc Fabregas.
74'â€”GOAL DISALLOWED (Barcelona)
Andres Iniesta's saved shot from outside the area is pounced upon by Lionel Messi, who slams the rebound in from five yards.
However, the Argentine attacker was in an offside position when Iniesta unleashed the initial effort, meaning his fine scoring run won't continue....yet.
72'â€”SUBSTITUTION (Deportivo La Coruna)
One Portuguese off for another as Nelson Oliveira, whose been ineffective tonight, makes way for Diego Salomao, on loan from Sporting Lisbon.
71'â€”YELLOW CARD (Puyol)
After a friendly 70 minutes, Carles Puyol is the first man in the book for a two-footed challenge on Camunas.
70'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
The Deportivo players are attempting to get back into this fixture but are tellingly frustrated after placing a couple of passes right to the opposition instead of where intended.
Although they've been in control for the vast majority of tonight's meeting, Barcelona would be smart not to get too cocky heading into these final stages.
Thiago Alcantara is the man to come off for veteran Iniesta, who will look to change the match considerably in the space of 25 minutes.
67'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
Another glance towards the Barca bench shows that Andres Iniesta is the next name to be introduced for the hosts in the coming minutes..
63'â€”SUBSTITUTION (Deportivo La Coruna)
Fernando Vasquez also chooses to make a change, taking Valeron off in favour of Javier Camunas.
And just as I say that, the Nou Camp crowd rises to its feet to welcome the introduction of Lionel Messi, who replaces David Villa.
Can the maestro prove the difference Barca need tonight? Probably.
59'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
Two thirds of the way through this La Liga encounter and while the scoreline may not suggest it, Barca are all over the club who lie in opposite table standings to them,
The absence of Lionel Messi is, however, telling as the hosts continue to lack that certain buzz about their movement when venturing into the Deportivo final third.
56'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
It's honestly becoming quite difficult to remember a time where Deportivo created even the slightest lurch moving forward with the ball.
And wouldn't you know it, Pizzi attempts to fashion something for the visitors but the pass into his feet is poor and the forward can only watch as Javier Mascherano dissolves the "attack" to nothing.
Relegation is assured as long as this kind of limp play continues from Vasquez's men.
52'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
Fabregas sets Sanchez loose on the left wing after dinking a delightful ball over the Deportivo defence but Bruno is successful in getting back in time to usher the ball out for a corner.
Sanchez has looked a little livelier since scoring near halftime and the Chilean is having a greater say in matters in these early second half exchanges.
10 - 10 of 14 Alexis Sanchez goals for Barcelona in La Liga has been scored at the Camp Nou.Necesaryâ€” OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 9, 2013
48'â€”FCB 1-0 DEP
Barcelona pick up where they left off at halftime and are once again on top against Deportivo, gradually moving forward against tonight's opposition.
However, just as I say that, Thiago misplaces a pass out to touch, showing just what inconsistencies are currently holding the 21-year-old back right now.
It's the hosts that resume proceedings for the second half.
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