FC Barcelona 2 – 2 Deportivo La Coruna : full highlights
Two goals in the last 13 minutes saw Deportivo La Coruna come from behind to shock La Liga leaders Barcelona in a 2-2 draw tonight at Camp Nou.
Deportivo were the last team to deny the champions a home league victory on the final day of the last season and they kept the hosts frustrated as well early on before Lionel Messi‘s amazing free-kick broke the deadlock.
Jonathan Rodriguez defended a couple of half-chances on the break, but Barca’s second goal looked almost inevitable, even after Luis Suarez’s clinical finish after the interval was eliminated for a marginal offside.
Ivan Rakitic duly increased the lead with a ferocious strike just a little past the hour mark as Barca started to cruise to what seemed an ultimately straight win.
But Deportivo, who have been defeated just once away from home so far this season, clung on to a lifeline through top scorer Lucas Perez’s contribution in the 77th minute and also when he set up Alex Bergantinos to rifle in an reassuring equaliser with mere four minutes to play.
Atletico Madrid and Real will now very much hope to capitalise on Barca’s recent slip-up when they take on Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal respectively this Sunday.
Lux could do almost nothing to prevent Messi providing the home side the lead just six minutes before the break, as the Argentina captain curved a stunning free-kick into the top right corner from an identical position to his previous saved effort.
Suarez’s tap-in was eliminated for offside, but Rakitic gave Barca the stand they wanted after 62 minutes, kicking the ball into the bottom-right corner having been given enough time and space 20 yards out.
Deportivo La Coruna themselves had a goal ruled out too after Lucas Perez headed in a rebound only to realize the offside flag raised, but every hope of a comeback were rekindled in the finishing stages as the 27-year-old placed a kick past Bravo following Cardoso’s throughball right into the box.