Deportivo La Corona 2 vs 1 Barcelona
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Rakitic charges down the right flank before trying to fire a cross into the box, but Navarro is there to deflect it out for a corner. Barcelona are unable to make it count though, as, once again, Deportivo defend the set-piece brilliantly.
Poor play by Joselu! The striker is presented with a great opportunity to test Ter Stegen after breaking away by himself down the left flank, but he’s put under pressure by Busquets inside the penalty area and ends up running the ball of play. He really should have done better there!
A lovely chipped pass from Iniesta flies into the heart of the Deportivo box and into the path of Roberto, who is in a great position in front of goal, but he can
’t make decent contact with the ball and ends up kneeing it over the top of the crossbar from close range.
Deportivo go close to making it 3-1! An awful attempted clearance from Ter Stegen sends the ball straight to Kakuta, who then pokes a pass up to Colak, but the attacking midfielder doesn’t have his shooting boots on and is unable to strike from inside the penalty area.
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Substitution Denis Suárez Fernández Francisco Alcácer García
Deportivo immediately push forward on a rare attack from the restart and work the ball up to Colak, who has seen little of it since coming on to the pitch. He’s unable to make his time in possession count, however, as he scuffs a 25-yard well wide of the goal.
Luis Suarez cuts inside from deep down the left flank and pokes a clever pass back to Iniesta. The midfielder is in a pocket of space on the edge of the Deportivo penalty area and has an opportunity to shoot, but he instead tries to dummy it to Messi
. Unfortunately for him, the Argentine isn’t expecting the ball and Deportivo easily clear the danger.
Iniesta and Rakitic immediately link up inside the Deportivo penalty area thanks to a clever pass from the former to the latter, but the Croatian midfielder is slightly offside and the linesman’s flag is raised just as he’s about to spin and shoot.
Barcelona pile plenty of bodies forward as they try to find a way in front, but they’re unable to do so and Deportivo win back possession once again. Fajr then flies forward on a positive run but has it brought to an end by Mascherano, who sends him crashing to the ground with a hefty challenge.
Penalty shouts from Deportivo! Gil darts towards the Barcelona penalty area on a dangerous run before going down after tangling with Busquets, but he delays falling to the ground and has his protests waved away by the referee.
Barcelona keep piling bodies forward as they desperately try to find a way back into the game, but they’re unable to find a way through the sea of Deportivo players camped in front of them. The home side have defended really well so far, and they certainly deserve to be in front.
almost equalises! Barcelona immediately push forward from the restart and win themselves a corner over on the left wing. It’s curled towards the far post and finds Pique, who brings the ball down beautiful, but he’s unable to find the back of the net with his thumping half-volley from close range.
Luis Suarez breaks into the Deportivo on another positive run forward, but, as has been the case for most of the game so far, he’s unable to latch on to a chipped pass forward from Alba and loses out to a group of blue and white shirts inside the box.
Gomes breaks into the left-hand side of the Deportivo penalty area and skips past a sliding tackle from Juanfran. He then cuts on to his right foot and unleashes a curling shot, but it’s poorly hit and sails well wide of the far post.
Free header for Luis Suarez! A looping cross flies right on to the head of the Uruguayan, who is completely unmarked in front of goal, but he can only send his headed effort straight into the hands of Lux. He really should have buried that!
Almost a chance for Borges! Fajr whips a lovely cross into the heart of the Barcelona penalty area and towards Borges, but Alba is just about able to beat the Costa Rican to the ball at the vital moment. Without that touch, the midfielder would have had a great opportunity to open the scoring.
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