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18 Oct 2005
An inspired Deportivo completed a stunning fight back to draw 3-3 with Barcelona at the Riazor on Saturday. Valer??n’s early goal put the home side in front, but Barcelona turned the score (1-3) just before and after the break. Munitis scored Depor’s second with still 28th minutes to go. Caparr??s men believed in the third goal and just before the end Rub?n leveled the score.

The fans wouldn’t have to wait long to see the first goal in this exciting match. Depor took the lead in the 10th minute when Juan Carlos Valer??n steered a rebound home after winger Pedro Munitis had snapped up a loose clearance and fired a fierce shot onto the post.

This early lead would influence the tactics of both teams in the first half. The home side waited for the opponent in their own half while the visitors dominated the game with a high possession of the ball. Barcelona’s fullbacks were used a lot in the attack as second wing players. Deportivo defended well and waited for their moments with quick counterattacks.

The joy of the lead lasted the time that Jorge Andrade was on the pitch. Unfortunately, an injury problem forced the Portuguese defender to end the game and to switch places with Juanma. From that moment on Deportivo had more problems in the defence, especially with the marking of Eto’o. It was the African striker who had a great deal in Barcelona’s goals just before the break.

The visitors drew level when Eto’o scored his seventh goal of the competition after a superb interplay between him and Deco. Another setback for Deportivo would arrive only four minutes later when Eto’o escaped from Juanma and Ronaldinho picked up his cross on the left. The left winger showed one of his best moves to escape from Manuel Pablo and with a nice Brazilian touch the ball went into the net, leaving Molina powerless.

Barcelona impressed at the beginning of the second half with some play that was reminiscent of their last campaign when they became champions of the Liga. A controversial penalty had been given to Deco after Molina’s attempt to stop the Brazilian. Ronaldinho made no mistake and smashed the ball high into the net, scoring the third goal of the visitors in this game.

Caparr??s had to do something and decided to bring in two attackers for Valer??n and Trist??n. Taborda and Rub?n would initiate the new hope of Depor with their fighting spirit. The turning point would come in the 72nd minute as Munitis brought Depor back in the game with a sweetly struck curler in the top corner.

Caparr??s men felt Barcelona was vulnerable at this moment and they searched for another goal. Ruben Castro earned the home side a deserved point by thrashing home a rebound after the Uruguayan striker Sebastian Taborda had fired a thundering shot against the post in the 86th minute.

Deportivo de La Coru?a: Molina - Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Andrade (Juanma, m.34), Capdevila - De Guzm??n, Duscher, Sergio, Munitis - Valer??n (Rub?n, m.57), Trist??n (Taborda, m.53).
Barcelona: Vald?s - Belletti, Puyol, Oleguer, Sylvinho - Deco, M??rquez (Edmilson, m.46), Xavi - Giuly (Ezquerro, m.75), Ronaldinho, Etoo.
Goals: 1-0, m.10. Valer??n. 1-1, m.41: Eto'o. 1-2, m.45: Ronaldinho. 1-3, m.52: Ronaldinho (penalty). 2-3, m.72: Munitis. 3-3, m.86: Rub?n.
Referee : Undiano Mallenco. Showed a yellow card to Trist??n (m.26), Molina (m.51), Munitis (m.56), Coloccini (m.62) of Deportivo; and M??rquez (m.32), Sylvinho (m.64), Giuly (m.73), Edmilson (m.84) of Barcelona.
Venue 34.000 (Riazor)

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