Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid2Dep La Coruña0

Real Madrid 2-0 Deportivo de La Coruna

Real Madrid's Isco
Isco gave Real the lead with a fantastic strike

Real Madrid extended their La Liga lead to four points as goals from Isco and Karim Benzema saw off Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu.

However, it was not a vintage Real display in the final match before they resume the defence of their Champions League crown in midweek, at Schalke.

Real's Cristiano Ronaldo missed from one yard, while he and Gareth Bale were both denied by the bar before midfielder Isco curled in the opener.

And Benzema dinked in the second.

Deportivo also had their chances, with Celso Borges denied by the woodwork, while Real keeper Iker Casillas made an outstanding save to prevent Oriol Riera's powerful strike from going in.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema sealed victory in the 73rd minute

The visitors, who won La Liga in 1999-00, remain 12th in the Spanish top flight with 24 points while leaders Real have 57 points after 23 games.

Second-placed Barcelona host struggling Levante on Sunday, before champions Atletico, in third with 50 points, play at mid-table Celta Vigo.

Wins would put the pressure back on Real, who bounced back from last week's 4-0 thumping against Atletico.

They began well against Deportivo with Ronaldo - who has gone three games without a goal for the first time since 2013 - striking a free-kick that left keeper Fabri stranded, but bounced off the bar.

And moments later, Bale drifted past two players before his vicious effort came back off the woodwork.

Ronaldo should have scored but he failed to connect with Benzema's cutback from one yard out, but within a few seconds Isco followed up with a curling shot from 18 yards.

Benzema added a second when he stole in ahead of Fabri to convert Ronaldo's pass.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 78mins
  • 2Varane
  • 18NachoBooked at 48mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 24IllarramendiSubstituted forBorgesat 71'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 23IscoSubstituted forCarvajalat 80'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forJeséat 86'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Borges
  • 20Jesé
  • 26Medrán
  • 42Derik

Dep La Coruña

  • 13Agosto Ramírez
  • 15Sanabria RuizBooked at 89mins
  • 2PabloBooked at 61mins
  • 23LopoBooked at 83mins
  • 16Correia Pinto
  • 4Bergantiños García
  • 22BorgesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDomínguez Lamasat 85'minutes
  • 19Cavaleiro
  • 7PérezSubstituted forMedunjaninat 79'minutes
  • 14Cuenca López
  • 21Riera MagemSubstituted forCostaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Canella
  • 8Medunjanin
  • 10Domínguez Lamas
  • 20Wilk
  • 25López Menéndez
  • 26Gómez
  • 32Costa
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
68,500

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamDep La Coruña
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Deportivo de La Coruña 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Deportivo de La Coruña 0.

Offside, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Marcelo went off injured after Real Madrid had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marcelo (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

Booking

Laure (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laure (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesé with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Karim Benzema.

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Lucas Silva (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Substitution

Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Juan Domínguez replaces Celso Borges.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Alberto Lopo (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alberto Lopo (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Celso Borges (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Attempt blocked. Haris Medunjanin (Deportivo de La Coruña) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

Hélder Costa (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Haris Medunjanin (Deportivo de La Coruña) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal replaces Isco.

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Deportivo de La Coruña) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Haris Medunjanin replaces Lucas Pérez.

Booking

Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

Isaac Cuenca (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ivan Cavaleiro (Deportivo de La Coruña) because of an injury.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Hélder Costa (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Deportivo de La Coruña 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a through ball.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laure (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Offside, Deportivo de La Coruña. Fabricio tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.

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