Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 3-2 Deportivo La Coruna

Real Madrid beat Deportivo
Madrid celebrate an important Sergio Ramos injury-time goal scored for the second Saturday running

Sergio Ramos headed another dramatic injury-time goal as Spanish league leaders Real Madrid created a new club record of 35 matches unbeaten with a barely deserved win against Deportivo La Coruna.

Real, without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo, fought back from 2-1 down in the final six minutes to restore their six-point advantage over arch-rivals Barcelona, who won 3-0 at Osasuna earlier on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane's side laboured in an uninspiring first half which saw Depor midfielder Celso Borges head against the post.

Striker Alvaro Morata's 20-yard drive shortly after the restart appeared to ease the tension among the home fans.

However, Depor substitute Joselu - on loan from English Premier League side Stoke - swung the match dramatically in favour of the visitors.

He powered in the equaliser with a rising drive into the top-left corner after on-loan Aston Villa midfielder Carles Gil dispossessed Casemiro on the edge of his penalty area.

And Joselu, who came through the ranks at the Bernabeu, increased the nervousness by pouncing on more defensive uncertainty to slot home.

But the drama did not end there.

Real equalised with six minutes left when substitute Mariano Diaz scored his first La Liga goal with a fortuitous effort that flew in off his shoulder.

Then, skipper Ramos - whose late equaliser earned Real a vital draw at Barcelona last weekend - headed in Toni Kroos' corner to spark jubilant celebrations at the Bernabeu.

It means that Zidane's men have surpassed Real's previous record of 34 games unbeaten, set under Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker in 1988-89.

Real Madrid beat Deportivo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 21 of Madrid's 98 goals in this unbeaten run, ahead of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale (11 each)

Madrid on course to end barren Liga run?

Madrid have not won La Liga since 2012 but will end the calendar year in pole position after rediscovering their resilience since club legend Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez in January.

Los Merengues went into Saturday's game having taken 87 of the 102 points on offer in their previous 34 league matches and, although Zidane's side have not always been fluent, they have developed a useful knack of refusing to acknowledge when they are beaten.

The French World Cup winner has instilled a never-say-die attitude in his side that has yielded some important points in the biggest moments.

And, just seven days after Ramos salvaged a draw in El Clasico, that fighting spirit was apparent again against fifth-bottom Deportivo.

Madrid were missing a number of stellar names as Zidane named a much-changed side with one eye on next week's Club World Cup in Japan.

Without Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, plus injured Wales forward Gareth Bale, they lacked fluency and looked defensively vulnerable.

But the home side continued to believe they could turn the game back in their favour as Depor dropped deeper.

The pressure eventually told. The visiting defence buckled as Ramos rose highest, the away players buckling to the turf in despair.

Gareth Bale hails Real Madrid win
Injured Wales forward Gareth Bale hails his team's comeback

'This team always believes'

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane: "We know that we can do big things like we did tonight. Thirty-five games without a loss gives you strength. One day we will lose, but the good thing about this team is that it always believes."

Match-winner Sergio Ramos: "You fight until the very end, with faith, with enthusiasm, with commitment, and things go your way."

Title omen for Madrid?

  • Madrid remain unbeaten in their first 15 La Liga matches of a season for the seventh time - only in 1991-92 they failed to win the title
  • Sergio Ramos has scored five goals this season, more than any other La Liga defender (all competitions)
  • Ramos has scored 63 goals in 492 appearances since arriving at Madrid from Sevilla in 2005

What's next?

A trip to Japan for Real Madrid. The Champions League winners go to the Club World Cup, where they will play either South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors or Mexican side America in the semi-finals on Thursday (10:30 GMT).

Deportivo, who have won just once in nine matches, will be eyeing next Sunday's home game against bottom side Osasuna as an opportunity to move away from the bottom three.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1NavasBooked at 88mins
  • 23DaniloSubstituted forMarceloat 81'minutes
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 88mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forVázquezat 66'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forMarianoat 72'minutes
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 21MorataBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Mariano

Dep La Coruña

  • 13Tyton
  • 2Moreno Fuertes
  • 6AlbentosaBooked at 59mins
  • 12da Silva JuniorBooked at 88mins
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 20dos Santos Torres
  • 22BorgesBooked at 25mins
  • 11Gil
  • 8ColakSubstituted forJoseluat 58'minutes
  • 23BabelBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFajrat 82'minutes
  • 10AndoneSubstituted forMosqueraat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lux
  • 5Mosquera
  • 7Joselu
  • 9Moreno
  • 14Arribas
  • 16Correia Pinto
  • 19Fajr
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
67,174

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamDep La Coruña
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Deportivo de La Coruña 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Deportivo de La Coruña 2.

Corner, Deportivo de La Coruña. Conceded by Pepe.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mariano with a cross.

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

Foul by Pedro Mosquera (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Foul by Mariano (Real Madrid).

Fernando Navarro (Deportivo de La Coruña) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 3, Deportivo de La Coruña 2. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Przemyslaw Tyton (Deportivo de La Coruña) because of an injury.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Przemyslaw Tyton.

Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pepe with a cross.

Booking

Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sidnei (Deportivo de La Coruña) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Przemyslaw Tyton.

Foul by Mariano (Real Madrid).

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

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

Foul by Joselu (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Deportivo de La Coruña 2. Mariano (Real Madrid) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

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

Foul by Faycal Fajr (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Substitution

Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Faycal Fajr replaces Ryan Babel.

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

Foul by Joselu (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marcelo replaces Danilo.

Offside, Real Madrid. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Mariano is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Deportivo de La Coruña. Pedro Mosquera replaces Florin Andone.

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

Dangerous play by Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Isco.

Booking

Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Deportivo de La Coruña. Fernando Navarro tries a through ball, but Florin Andone is caught offside.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

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

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

Foul by Florin Andone (Deportivo de La Coruña).

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacho.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 10th December 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid15114040142637
2Barcelona1594237152231
3Sevilla148332520527
4Real Sociedad158252621526
5Atl Madrid1474328111725
6Villarreal146531910923
7Ath Bilbao147252017323
8Las Palmas155642623321
9Malaga155642422221
10Eibar146352119221
11Celta Vigo146352426-221
12Espanyol144731717019
13Alavés144551417-317
14Real Betis144371728-1115
15Leganés154381226-1415
16Dep La Coruña153482027-713
17Valencia153392129-812
18Sporting Gijón143381528-1312
19Granada151681431-179
20Osasuna1514101332-197
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