First Division - Day 34

Deportivo 2 - Real Madrid 6

Deportivo: Lux (Tyton 46’); Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Luisinho; Alex Bergantiños, Guilherme; Carles Gil (Joselu 57’), Emre Çolak, Kakuta (Fernando Navarro 46’); Andone. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Kiko Casilla; Danilo, Varane (Alvaro Tejero 88’), Nacho, Marcelo; Kovacic; Lucas Vázquez, Isco (Casemiro 79’), James, Marco Asensio (Mariano 79‘), Morata. 4-1-4-1.

0-1. 01. Morata. Picked up Isco pass and fired angled shot inside near post.
0-2. 14. James. Poked shot wide of Lux after Lucas Vázquez crossed from right.
1-2. 35. Andone. Turned shot in on far post after Kakuta drilled ball across area.
1-3. 44. Lucas Vázquez. Steered rebound in to net after Marcelo cross blocked.
1-4. 66. James. Struck shot wide of Tyton after Morata laid ball back from left.
1-5. 77. Isco. Swept shot past keeper on far post from Lucas Vázquez centre.
2-5. 84. Joselu. Angled header across Kiko Casilla from Andone centre.
2-6. 87. Casemiro. Collected Mariano pass and struck long shot past Tyton.

Yellow cards: Arribas 67’, Isco 68’, Joselu 92’, Emre Çolak 93’.

Real Madrid responded to Barcelona’s win earlier on Wednesday evening with a 2-6 victory at Deportivo, despite lining up with nine changes from the side which lost to the Catalans in Sunday’s “clásico”. With less than a minute on the clock Morata had already put them in front, and Isco and Marco Asensio both hit the post before James poked in the second on the quarter hour mark. Morata had a strike ruled out for a non-existent offside, and Lux made brave saves from Lucas Vázquez and Morata before Andone pulled one back from a Kakuta assist. Kiko Casilla had to save from Juanfran, and Sidnei headed an effort just wide as the Galicians looked to equalize, but with half time approaching Lucas Vázquez scored a third for the visitors after good work by Isco and Marcelo. Midway through the second half James made it four after Morata set him up, and a few minutes later Isco fired the fifth past Tyton, who had replaced the injured Lux at the break. Joselu headed a second for the hosts with six minutes to go, but Casemiro completed the “set” for Zidane’s side near the end. They stay just behind Barça on goal difference, although with a game still in hand. Depor meanwhile are still not safe, although Sporting’s draw on Tuesday means they now still have a seven point margin.