Barcelona vs. Deportivo La Coruna: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
The poles of the La Liga table were represented in this fixture, and unsurprisingly, league-leading Barcelona defeated last-place Deportivo La Coruña 2-0.
Still, the Spanish bottom-dwellers did not make it easy on the Catalan giants, and Barça had to work for the victory. Many of Barcelona's stars received a rest for this match, with Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta all starting the game on the bench.
But Barça's exceptional depth was on display today, as Jordi Roura's squad earned the necessary result.
Dani Alves swung in a cross directly onto Alexis Sanchez's head shortly before halftime, and the Chilean delivered an excellent header to beat Deportivo goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia.
Messi's connection with Sanchez in the closing minutes of the match led to a fantastic chip and the world's best player sealed a victory for Barça. While the club was expected to deliver a more dominant performance in this lopsided matchup, it still earned three more points to add to its commanding lead in La Liga.
Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona: A-
The Chilean winger may not have been a constant danger throughout the match, but he had his moments of quality, highlighted by his goal and his assist.
It took an exceptional effort to turn Alves' cross on goal so accurately, and Sanchez deserves credit for ensuring that Barcelona did not embarrassingly drop any points in this contest.
Daniel Aranzubia, Deportivo: A-
Aranzubia is far and away the biggest reason that there were not more goals in this match. He turned away multiple opportunities in which Barcelona really should have scored.
He even made an admirable effort on Sanchez's successful header and was very unlucky that it went in. Aranzubia was under fire throughout the match and showed exceptional composure.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona: B+
He didn't spend enough time on the pitch to earn top marks, but he still made a noticeable difference for his side when he came on in the 62nd minute.
The little genius' movement and passing were up to his usual standard, and his chip over Aranzubia to seal the victory was pure class.
Nelson Oliviera, Deportivo: C-
With Barcelona only able to muster a single goal for the first 88 minutes of the match, the opportunity was there for Deportivo to pull off a shocking result. All it takes is a single moment to equalize.
As Deportivo's centre-forward, it was left to him to produce a quality effort on goal, and he failed today.
Dani Alves, Barcelona: B+
The Barcelona right-back is one of the best in the world at making runs up the touchline from a defensive position, and he showed exactly why in this match.
He was constantly moving forward and assisting his side in the attack, and it paid off when Sanchez knocked in his cross to give Barça three more points.
Barcelona faces a massive midweek showdown with AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday. The team will have to erase a two-goal deficit due to its defeat in the first leg.
Deportivo will take the pitch next on Friday for a La Liga fixture against Celta Vigo.
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