Barcelona stunned at Deportivo La Coruna, open door for Real Madrid


The result came four days after Barcelona hit the headlines when they staged one of the greatest comebacks in football history, overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Paris St Germain to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League 6-5 on aggregate.

Former Real Madrid youth trainee Joselu gave Deportivo a deserved lead in the 40th minute after an error from Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen although Luis Suarez restored parity in the 46th with a powerful drilled effort.

"We predicted it would be hard".

With Deportivo coming into the game unbeaten in three matches since Pepe Mel took charge at the start of the month, this was always going to be a hard fixture.

Barca's defeat means Real Madrid can go top of La Liga with victory over Real Betis later on Sunday.

"It's a step back, but every team drops points and we're still alive in the championship".

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"There are not going to be any easy games for anyone and that's what we will hang on to", he added.

"Now we have to think that we still have matches against our rivals for the title to come", said Enrique.

Goalscorer Suarez agreed with his manager, saying that the Barca players had more than enough time to recover for the defeat to Depor.

Luis Enrique said he was disappointed his side could not build on the momentum gained from winning five games in a row and scoring 17 goals in their previous three. The Brazilian sent in an inviting cross from the left flank and as Morata's run to the first post distracted the Betis defenders, the Portuguese sensation was left unmarked and he calmly headed home to score an equaliser to put the momentum firmly in the hosts' favour.

"We weren't able to play our game the way we like".

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.