Deportivo: Aranzubia; Laure, Colotto, Lopo,
Morel; Rubén Pérez, Antonio Tomás; Adrián (Lassad
59'), Juan Rodríguez, Guardado (Pablo Alvarez 55'); Sand (Riki 84').
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo (Granero 75'); Lass (Di María 60'), Xabi Alonso; Özil, Kaká (Adebayor 60'), Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema. 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Carvalho 49', Pepe 59', Laure 70', Rubén Pérez 74', Sand 82', Granero 85', Riki 90'.
Real Madrid drop further behind leaders Barcelona after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Deportivo in the last match on Saturday evening. Madrid's victory in the Riazor stadium last season was their first in 18 seasons, and the Coruña based side have always been one of their bogey teams. And so it was this time around, with the Merengues dominating for much of the game without being able to beat a confident Aranzubia. A well organised defence limited the visitors to long shots for much of the first half, with Kaká, Ronaldo and Özil going close, and Ronaldo getting the ball in the net only to be pulled up for a borderline offside. After the interval Aranzubia saved from a Ronaldo free kick, and Adebayor and Ronaldo both hit the post, but the Galicians held on for an important point which keeps them three above the drop zone.