Dani Alves' shot at goal was nicely saved by Depor goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia in the early going. Cesc Fabregas' shot flew high in the 14th minute. Thiago Alcantara's great pass nearly found Cristian Tello for a goal, but Aranzubia made a great save.
David Villa had a wonderful chance in the 25th minute as he had a one-on-one against the keeper, but another great stop by Aranzubia keep it scoreless with two great saves.
In the 38th minute, Dani Alves made a fabulous cross into the box to Alexis Sanchez who finally beat Aranzubia with the header for the opening goal on the night. Terrific play by the Brazilian with the pass, and the Chilean with the goal.
Lionel Messi came into the game in the 62nd minute as he looked to extend his goal-scoring streak in La Liga. What looked like a Messi goal in the 74th minute was called offside.
Messi got his goal in the 88th minute as a great give and go from Leo to Alexis as Sanchez gave a nice assist to Messi who had an even better touch on the goal. Messi has now scored in 17 straight Liga games.
FINAL: FC Barcelona 2 - 0 Deportivo
Let's look at my three takeaways "From The Mind of Xoel" as FC Barcelona defeated Depor 2-0 ahead of Barça's clash with Milan on Tuesday.