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Summary

  1. Lopez scores opener for visitors before Nacho levels
  2. Bale double and Modric goal swings game in Real's favour
  3. Ronaldo scores late brace before Nacho also gets his second
  4. Real Madrid 16 points behind Barcelona

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

With that win Real Madrid climb back into the top four. Staying there has to be the aim now, with leaders Barcelona 16 points ahead.

Barca are in action later tonight, facing Real Betis at 19:45 GMT. I'll be back for live text commentary for that game at 19:30. Hope you can pop along.

Cheerio.

FULL-TIME

Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo

It's finally all over.

Real Madrid are back to winning ways, and in some style too.

Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo

Three minutes added on at the end of the 90. Everyone is just going through the motions now.

GOAL - Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo

Nacho

Real aren't done yet!

I feel sorry for Ruben in the Deportivo goal because he doesn't deserve to be on the end of a 7-1 defeat.

However, Real seventh's is a really simply goal, Nacho swilling inside the box to turn home a cross.

Real Madrid 6-1 Deportivo

It is quite the knock Cristiano Ronaldo has picked up. He's bleeding from a cut above his eye.

As he walks to the edge of the pitch for a doctor to give it a check he asks for his phone, sticks it on selfie mode to have a look at the damage, grimacing. He's not liking what he sees!

GOAL - Real Madrid 6-1 Deportivo

Cristiano Ronaldo

It's like buses!

You go without a goal for a while and then suddenly two come along at once. Cristiano Ronaldo dives to thump home a header.

It comes at a bit of a cost because he took a knock to the head when going for the ball.

Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo

A standing ovation for Gareth Bale as he is substituted. He's been excellent today.

Lucas Vasquez replaces the Wales forward.

GOAL - Real Madrid 5-1 Deportivo

Cristiano Ronaldo

FINALLY!

Cristiano Ronaldo gets his name on the scoresheet, volleying in Casemiro's fine cross at the far post.

An overdue thumping victory for Real Madrid and they've deserved it.

Real Madrid 4-1 Deportivo

Hug...

Wha...

How on earth did Cristiano Ronaldo miss that!!??

The forward hooks a shot wide from six yards out. It was the very definition of a shot that was easier to score than miss but, when things aren't going your way...

CLOSE!

Real Madrid 4-1 Deportivo

Nacho prevents Deportivo from getting a glimmer of hope as the visitors pounce on defensive hesitancy but Andone's shot is cleared off the line by Nacho.

GOAL - Real Madrid 4-1 Deportivo

Luka Modric

Deportivo are leaving so much space at the back and Real Madrid take full advantage. Cristiano Ronaldo flicks the ball into Luka Modric's path on the edge of the area and the midfielder whips it into the back of the net. Lovely goal.

Real Madrid 3-1 Deportivo

Karim Benzema gets immediately into the thick of things, playing the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo inside the Deportivo box. Ronaldo has the chance to tee up Toni Kroos but opts to go for it himself but shoots wide.

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 3-1 Deportivo

A solid outing for Borja Mayoral comes to an end as he is replaced by Karim Benzema, restoring the original BBC attacking triumvirate for Real.

Real Madrid 3-1 Deportivo

Casemiro defends well to prevent Juanfran from twisty and turning his way into a shooting opportunity. Deportivo, with nothing to lose, are throwing players forward now.

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Sean Hill: Much better from #RealMadrid today! They've made tens of chances per game this season, but finally they're starting to convert.

GOAL - Real Madrid 3-1 Deportivo

Gareth Bale

Ruben tipped Casemiro's header behind from a corner and it from the set piece that Gareth Bale glances home for his second of the game.

Real in control

GREAT SAVE!

WHAT A SAVE!

Incredible reflexes by Ruben again as he somehow stops Casemiro's close range header.

But...

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

Another change for the visitors as midfielder Celso Borges is replaced by Emre Colak.

CLOSE!

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

Real come forward again. Cristiano Ronaldo playing in Marcelo on the overlap and the fullback hits a low ball into the dangerzone, Borja Mayoral stretches to meet it but just fails to connect for a tap in.

Surely only a matter of time before Real add a third?

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

Big opportunity for Real Madrid to add a third as Dani Carvajal is picked out inside the area by a brilliant ball from the hosts' own half. Carvajal bottles having a pop at goal and instead squares for Cristiano Ronaldo, who shoves a defender a bit too hard for the referee's liking and the visitors are awarded a free kick.

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

An early change for Deportivo as ex-Real Madrid man Pedro Mosquera is going off with what looks like a hamstring injury. Expósito comes on in his place.

KICK-OFF

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

And we're back under way.

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

A dominant half of football for Real Madrid in the end, despite having to come from behind.

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HALF-TIME

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

And that's half time.

Real looking good for their first La Liga win of 2018.

Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

If Deportivo had kept it level until half time I might have fancied them to get something from this game but hard to see Real giving up this lead now.

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Alex McIver Arranz: Great goal by @GarethBale11 but I can’t understand the gloves... 17 degrees and sunny in Madrid today. He’s forgotten what real winters are like.

GOAL - Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo

Gareth Bale

Brilliant goal!

Cristiano Ronaldo is appealing for a penalty as he tumbles inside the box under a challenge but it doesn't matter because Gareth Bale has the ball on the right and, from an almost ridiculous angle, curls the ball into the top left-hand corner.

That's his fifth of the season in La Liga, making him Real's top scorer.

Real Madrid 1-1 Deportivo

Deportivo have had long spells of having to defend but when they attack they do so with confidence. They don't look at all like a side struggling in the relegation zone.

Real Madrid 1-1 Deportivo

Gareth Bale almost finds Borja Mayoral with a knockdown but Fabian Schär is alert to the danger and hooks away before the Real Madrid forward can strike.

Real Madrid 1-1 Deportivo

Luka Modric flicks a header at Ruben as Real Madrid come forward again. Zinedine Zidane's side have really upped the tempo.

GOAL - Real Madrid 1-1 Deportivo

Nacho

It was certainly coming.

Deportivo's goal seemed to wake Real Madrid up and they've been peppering the visitors' goal before finally getting their breakthrough.

A short corner is worked to Nacho, who plays a quick one-two with Marcelo before stroking home.

That strike ends a run of four hours without a goal at home for Real.

CLOSE!

Real Madrid 0-1 Deportivo

Ruben is again called upon Marcelo weaves his way into the box and shoots hard and low. The Deportivo gets a hand to the ball, taking the sting out of it before it bounces back off the post.

GREAT SAVE!

Real Madrid 0-1 Deportivo

What a save!

Real Madrid are cranking up the pressure as Marcelo delivers a ball to the far post, Cristiano Ronaldo rises to meet it and directs a header that looks certain to dip in under the bar until Ruben superbly tips over.

Better from the hosts.

Real Madrid 0-1 Deportivo

Real Madrid have not finished outside the top four in La Liga since 2000. Lose this game and they will be one point behind Villarreal with a game in hand.

Marcelo attempts to provide a response with a first time volley. He hits it well but just wide of the far post.

GOAL - Real Madrid 0-1 Deportivo

Adrian Lopez

Well then!

Real Madrid's troubles continue as the visitors take the lead with the sort of sweeping attack we'd come to expect from the hosts.

It's quick and incisive, Lucas Perez fizzing the ball across the face of goal from the left and Adrian Lopez, unmarked, taps in.

Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

Luka Modric tries to pick out Cristiano Ronaldo on the left but his pass has too much pace and Ronaldo can't keep it in play despite his best efforts. Ronaldo stick a thumb up in the direction of Modric, but that was a poor ball in truth.

CLOSE!

Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

Vital interception by Casemiro, putting his foot on the ball as Deportivo break into the Real Madrid area through Florin Andone.

The visitors will be happy with how they have started this game. Real have only really had one decent opportunity.

Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

Nice move by Deportivo as the ball is worked out wide to Adrian Lopez. He gets to the edge of the area and waits for support. It arrives in the shape of Pedro Mosquera but his first-time effort is straight at Keylor Navas.

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John McEnerney: Mental & physical fatigue after 2yrs of winning the CL in a row, motivation, too many youngsters brought in, injuries & lost faith in ZZ plenty of excuses there which 4 top pros are inexcusable. To drop CR7 may not be a bad idea but once he clicks he’ll bang in goals

Real Madrid 0-0 Deportivo

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez is in the Deportivo side today. He has scored as many La Liga goals (four) as Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

Not seen anything of him yet in this game with Real Madrid dominating possession.