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Summary

  1. Joselu, on loan from Stoke, gives Depor shock lead
  2. Suarez equalises seconds after the break
  3. Bergantinos heads home to put Depor ahead again
  4. Barca make five changes; Roberto starts after PSG heroics
  5. Deportivo unbeaten under Pepe Mel

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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Deportivo celebrate

Barcelona's La Liga title hopes are hit as they follow their win over Paris St-Germain with a defeat at Deportivo La Coruna.

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Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Barcelona, then, stay top for now, but Real Madrid will be feeling very happy as they prepare to host Real Betis at 19:45 GMT. Join Emlyn Begley for live text commentary on that one; from me, it's goodbye.

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Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

What an extraordinary finish to the game. What an extraordinary result for Deportivo. What a setback for Barcelona.

FULL-TIME

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

It doesn't matter! We have the big shock of this La Liga weekend, and the title race takes another twist.

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

German Lux pushes clear... and now Deportivo break. Faycal Fajr races away. Can he seal victory? No! First shot blocked by the keeper! Again no! Second shot is cleared off the line by Jordi Alba. Could have been 3-1...

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Three minutes of time added. Barcelona corner. Ivan Rakitic swings it over. Celso Borges gets to it, heads behind. Another corner...

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Oh, it's well over, and well wide. Perhaps it is not to be Messi's day after all. This has not been one of his good games.

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

But then Faycal Fajr clatters through the back of Luis Suarez. It's a free-kick, 25 yards out, dead central. Step forward Lionel Messi...

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic down the right for Barcelona, drills in a cross for Barcelona. Fernando Navarro, arms behind his back to avoid the handball appeals, gets his chest in the way and concedes a corner. Rakitic takes, Alejandro Arribas heads clear.

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Deportivo boss Pepe Mel raises his arms to the air, urging the home support to cheer his team over the line.

Joselu, feeding off that extra noise, races forward on the break, the scent of glory in his nostrils, but he cannot keep control as he reaches the penalty area, and the ball runs away.

SUBSTITUTION

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

That's Juanfran's last contribution. He is replaced by Laure as Deportivo try to see this through.

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

It's like a basketball game now. Barcelona attack, then Deportivo attack. Emre Colak, on the break for the home side, lashes a diagonal ball for Joselu to chase, but the striker is almost out on his feet. Yet he keeps the move alive, and then Juanfran joins the fun, driving in a shot that rolls straight through to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Andres Iniesta, through the centre for Barcelona, plays it right to Lionel Messi. There's a crowd in front of the Argentine, but Messi still drills his shot on target. Keeper Lux is behind it, and gathers. We're set for a terrific finish here. 

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

And yet, there is always the feeling that Barcelona will get two or three more chances. Luis Suarez darts into the centre to get on the end of Sergi Roberto's cross, but German Lux is in the right place and blocks the first-time shot.

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Not for the first time this week, Barcelona approach the final 10 minutes chasing a game. Deportivo see off a corner comfortably enough, though, forcing the visitors to go all the way back to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

SUBSTITUTION

Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Luis Enrique makes his third and final change. Paco Alcacer, who has had no one's idea of a prolific season, is on for Denis Suarez.

How Barcelona could do with Neymar right now...

GOAL - Deportivo 2-1 Barcelona

Alex Bergantinos

...And they score from it! Fjar once again floats the ball over, and Alex Bergantinos climbs above Jordi Alba at the far post to head down and in. What have you got now, Barcelona?

Alex Bergantinos
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Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Juanfran, attacking down the right for Deportivo, wins a corner. Feycal Fajr takes it, Alejandro Arribas climbs high and bounces a header goalwards - and Marc-Andre ter Stegen has to stretch to tip it round the post. Another corner...

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Deportivo substitute Emre Colak, out on the right, sees an opportunity to drift inside on to his left foot. He must be 25 yards out when he hits the shot, and as it sails over the bar, it seems as if the entire home support groans as one.

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

The last 20 minutes could see everything change, of course, but Deportivo have been commendably disciplined in their defending to this point. They switched off just once, in the opening minute of the second half, and paid for it. Otherwise, they have shown the solidity they will need to stay clear of trouble.

A second change for them; one-time Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta is on for Bruno Gama.

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Barcelona, having a good spell of pressure now, pass the ball around in front of the massed ranks of home defenders. Denis Suarez stops for a moment and considers his options, as if trying to figure out how to scale a wall. Eventually, the move breaks down as Ivan Rakitic overhits a pass in the direction of Sergi Roberto, and it's a goal kick.

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Twenty-five minutes left, and it's anyone's game. Pretty open at the moment.

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Superb counter from Deportivo. Bruno Gama, on the run, plays a diagonal ball towards the edge of the penalty area, where it is met first time by a sweet Joselu volley. Fortunately for Barcelona, it's straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and it's a comfortable save. Excellent technique from Joselu, though.

SUBSTITUTION

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Carles Gil, on loan from Aston Villa, sees his afternoon come to an early end. Deportivo boss Pepe Mel brings on Turkish midfielder Emre Colak in his place. Mel still has ambitions to win this, judging by that change.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

A double change for Barcelona, and it's not bad at all. Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic are on for Andre Gomes and Arda Turan. Expect an increase in tempo - and a few sublime Iniesta passes.

Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Lionel Messi has not had too many chances today, but he has a sight of goal, whipping a shot just over from the edge of the penalty area. Time for him to have a say in this game yet.

Lionel Messi
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Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Deportivo have plenty of pace in their attack, and it's causing Barcelona problems. Joselu breaks down the right, played onside by Gerard Pique, and whips in a cross that just eludes Alex Bergantinos in the centre. It comes to Feycal Fajr on the left, who cuts on to his right foot and shoots. The effort takes a deflection off Pique, and should be a corner, but the referee gives only a goal kick.

No doubt, somewhere in Madrid, someone is already starting a petition to give Deportivo their corner.

Joselu
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Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Carles Gil sets off on a run for Deportivo. He's clearly held back by Sergio Busquets, but makes the mistake of striding forward six or seven paces before going to ground inside the penalty area. No one is convinced. Literally no one.

GOAL - Deportivo 1-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Well, that didn't take long. Barcelona, with Luis Enrique's half-time words ringing in their ears, score within 60 seconds of the restart. Denis Suarez plays an outswinging cross from the right, Alejandro Arribas stretches to clear, but it falls straight to Luis Suarez, who slams his 21st La Liga goal of the season from around 10 yards.

Suarez is now just two behind Lionel Messi in the race to be La Liga's top scorer.

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KICK-OFF

Deportivo 1-0 Barcelona

I'll be honest, I'm not sure Uefa are going to order a rematch. 

Anyway, back under way in La Coruna.

'I want a replay'

Champions League post-script

Here's a curious tale coming out of Spain:

An online petition calling for Barcelona's 6-1 win over Paris St Germain in the Champions League to be replayed has gained more than 100,000 signatures.

The result carried Barcelona through to the quarter-finals 6-5 on aggregate, with Sergi Roberto striking the clinching goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Real Madrid supporter Luis Melendo Olmedo began the petition on Friday, citing what he called a string of mistakes by referee Deniz Aytekin.

The petition, on change.org, states: "I want to request a replaying of the Barcelona-PSG match."

Serie A update

Italian Serie A

The most extraordinary score in Europe today is surely from Italy, where Inter Milan thrashed Atalanta 7-1 - having started the game below their opponents in the table. Mauro Icardi and Ever Banega both scored hat-tricks, so goodness knows who gets the match ball. Inter were 5-0 up after 34 minutes too.

La Liga update

Spanish La Liga

One La Liga result from earlier today to bring you; Athletic Bilbao, in seventh, won 2-0 at fifth-placed Real Sociedad in the 11:00 GMT kick-off. Raul Garcia, with a penalty, and Inaki Williams got the goals.

Deportivo 1-0 Barcelona

At this stage, shades of the home match against Alaves back in September, when the Barcelona manager made seven changes to keep players fresh for a Champions League group game against Celtic, and fell to a surprise 2-1 home defeat.

HALF-TIME

Deportivo 1-0 Barcelona

The decision to make five changes isn't looking quite so smart for Luis Enrique at the moment. 

Deportivo 1-0 Barcelona

It was Feycal Fajr who delivered the Deportivo corner from which Joselu scored, by the way. The striker, on loan from Stoke, clearly likes playing against La Liga's big teams. That was only his third La Liga goal of the season - and the other two came against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in December.

Deportivo 1-0 Barcelona

Barcelona respond by winning a corner. Lionel Messi swings it deep to the far post, where Gerard Pique controls and fires over when well-placed.

GOAL - Deportivo 1-0 Barcelona

Joselu

What an absolute mess of a goal that is - and what a game we have now! Barcelona fail to deal with the corner, and Javier Mascherano almost prods past his own keeper, before the ball runs loose for Joselu to slam in from four yards.

Deportivo celebrate
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Deportivo 0-0 Barcelona

Sloppy pass out from Javier Mascherano, who receives the ball from Marc-Andre ter Stegen and puts it out for a throw-in.

Deportivo almost score from it, working the ball down the left before a cross is swung in towards Joselu, whose hook goalwards is saved by the keeper. It's a corner, though...

Joselu and Gerard Pique
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