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30 Apr 2018
Deportivo played a good game, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a new demotion. Depor came back from a 0-2, but Messi sealed the fate of the Galicians.

Adrián wasn’t fit to play, so Borja Valle was a starter in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Rubén Martínez was the starting keeper. Juanfran covered the right side in defence, Luisinho played on the left, then Raúl Albentosa and Fabian Schär were the centre-backs.

Michael Krohn-Dehli, Celso Borges and Celso Borges were the centre midfielders, Emre Çolak was playing in the playmaking function, just behind Lucas Pérez and Borja Valle.

At FC Barcelona, the Catalans needed the win to certify the title as Atlético Madrid won its game. Ernesto Valverde left Iniesta on the bench, so Ousmane Dembélé was a starter. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were the references in attack.

Decent first half by Deportivo, the punch of FC Barcelona was stronger, but the Galicians created their opportunities and also knew when to hold on. The game started with FC Barcelona trying to have the ball possession, while Depor were holding on and creating problems with the counterattack. But the first goal from the Catalans came in their first opportunity in the game.

Messi made the play at the centre, Ousmane Dembélé got the ball at the left corner of the area and then he assisted Philippe Coutinho, who scored with a strong volley past Rubén. Only seven minutes were gone and anyone would think that the game seemed over, because FC Barcelona continued attacking before a Depor that were only running after the ball.

But Depor started to improve, and Lucas scored at minute 17 after a corner-kick, though it was disallowed as the previous header of Albentosa left the striker in offside position. The offside was clear, though there were protests as the referee gave the goal first and later changed the decision after ten seconds.

At middle of the half the game was equal. Barca were not having clear chances, while Depor were at least trying to push. At minute 27, Ter Stegen failed in the output of the ball, Borja Valle got the ball and attempted a shot that went over the crossbar (27’). 

In the next play Lui Suárez assisted Messi, but the Argentine headed the ball out. Then FC Barcelona had two chances, Messi had a chance in a free-kick that Rubén saved (27’), in the next play Coutinho sent the ball out firing a low shot from the edge of the area.

Then it was Depor the side having a double opportunity. First Çolak tried to volley the ball from long distance, but it went out (30’). Two minutes later Borja Valle connected a cross from the left, but his deflection went close to the far post.

The game was equal, with both sides having opportunities, and each side were going to score once in a frame of three minutes. First Dembélé got the ball at the right in a counterattack, he assisted Luis Suárez, who chipped the ball into the path of Messi. The Argentine got the ball at the far post and his shot should have been blocked by Rubén, but the ball ended at the back of the net.

Then Depor scored in a new counterattack, Borja Valle got the ball at the left side of the area, then he drilled the ball into the penalty spot, and Lucas Pérez was there to push the ball in past Ter Stegen.

Deportivo played better and even caressed the victory, but Seedorf lasted with the changed and Messi appeared twice to give the victory to his team. The final part started with a Depor that were pushing up front, the Galicians had a couple of good approximations that didn’t end in shots on target. Barca were also trying to attack, so the game was entertaining.

 The first chance to score came at minute 51, a new combination Dembélé-Luis Suárez. Messi ended with the latter facing Rubén one-on-one, and the keeper made the save, one minute later the Argentine sent the ball out after a volley-assist by Coutinho.
Deportivo’s first chance in the second half was a long collective play that ended with a long pass to Lucas, who ran in the middle of two rivals to end releasing a low shot that was blocked by Ter Stegen (55’). At minute 63, Umtiti headed the ball out in a corner-kick action.

Then Los Blanquiazules scored the equalizer. It was a big play as the team spent some minutes passing the ball over the lawn, Borja Valle made the play after collecting the ball at the left, then he assisted Borges, who drilled the ball into the box to see Çolak pushing the ball from close range.

Suddenly, Depor were better than Barca and caressed the victory, at minute 67, Schär headed a corner-kick action and Ter Stegen made the save.  Ten minutes later Guilherme missed the target from the edge of the area.

But Barca were still dangerous, at minute 80, Messi drilled a pass into the path of Luis Suárez and then Ruben made the save.  Seedorf lasted too long in the changes and Depor paid the price as Messi was going to score twice. Both times assisted by Luis Suárez in one-on-one actions against Rubén.

Muntari, Andone and Cartabia entered the pitch, but it was too late, though the Galicians could have scored again. At minute 87, a combination Lucas-Andone ended in a volley that went close to the far post, two minutes later Schär headed the ball out in cross coming from the left.

Good game by Deportivo. The Galicians had Barca against the ropes in a large part of the second part, but it didn’t seize it’s opportunities, while Messi only needed two occasions to complete a new victory for his side.

With the result, Depor are now relegated to Segunda División. Three games are remaining in la liga, the next one is the visit to RC Celta (Balaídos, Saturday, 18h30 CET). 

Deportivo: (4-3-1-2) Rubén Martínez - Juanfran, Albentosa, Schär, Luisinho – Krohn-Dehli, Guilherme (Muntari 82’), Borges (Andone 86’) – Çolak –Lucas, Borja Valle (Cartabia 86’)
Barcelona: (4-4-2) Ter Stegen – Semedo, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba – Coutinho (Paulinho 73’), Busquets, Rakitić (Iniesta 86’), Dembélé (Denis Suárez 68’)– Messi, Suárez.
Goals: 0-1: (7’) Countinho, 0-2: (37’) Messi, 1-2: (40’) Lucas, 2-2: (63’) Çolak, 2-3: (81’) Messi, 2-4: (85’) Messi
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea. He showed yellow card to Fabian Schär (20’) & Semedo (57’)
Venue: Riazor (25,786)
Other statistics: Ball possession (38% - 62%); Attempts to score (11 – 12); Total shots (16 - 21); Shots on target (5- 9); Saves by the keepers (5 - 3); Corner-kicks (6 - 7); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (9 - 9); Passing accuracy (86% - 89%)



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