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  • 15 May 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 87000
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Barcelona 0-0 Deportivo: Galicians still in La Liga relegation dogfight despite valiant draw at Camp Nou

Barcelona 0-0 Deportivo: Galicians still in La Liga relegation dogfight despite valiant draw at Camp Nou

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Miguel Angel Lotina's men could only partially offset the effect of Getafe's and Real Zaragoza's wins, and will still have work to do


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Deportivo La Coruna battled to a 0-0 draw against a makeshift Barcelona side at Camp Nou, but will still be fighting for survival next week. The Catalans had the majority of the chances, but lacked ruthlessness in front of goal as the visitors held on for an important point.

Deportivo started brightly and created their first opportunity only three minutes into the game. Lassad Nouioui took advantage of some hesitant defending by Marc Bartra, sending a decent shot from outside the box with Victor Valdes off his line, forcing the goalkeeper to pull off a tremendous save to deny the striker.

The Catalans were struggling to impose their passing game on the opposition and Deportivo went close once again near the 20 minute mark through Lassad who could only send his finish wide from 12 yards out.

Barcelona started to grow in confidence were soon dominating possession in their trademark style. Ibrahim Afellay fired a warning shot with half hour on the clock, and Jeffren had the fans on their feet shortly after as he saw a great finish from the centre of the box miss narrowly to the left.

Bartra and Afellay then went close for the Catalans as the first half was drawing to an end, but were ultimately unable to beat Deportivo keeper Daniel Aranzubia.


                     Guard of honour | Deportivo players clap Barcelona onto the pitch

Javier Mascherano wasted no time getting down to business as he had a shot from outside the box saved after a decent pass by Thiago Alcantara. Barcelona continued to dominate the proceedings, but were struggling to create clear-cut chance in front of  Aranzubia's goal.

Deportivo recorded their second shot on target in the 56th minute when Aythami sent a long-range effort that Valdes pushed away. Just before the hour mark the Catalans created their best chance of the game when substitute Dani Alves sent in a cross, but Bojan failed to make contact with his head from six yards out.

Barcelona continued to dominate the game, but were lacking a cutting edge upfront as Deportivo defended valiantly. Alves had a dangerous free kick from outside the area saved in the 80th minute as the game was slowly heading to a stalemate.

Substitute Xisco nearly won the game for the visitors deep in injury time, but it was not to be as Valdes stood strong to deny the striker in a one-on-one situation.

Miguel Angel Lotina's men held on for the draw, and are now one point ahead of Real Zaragoza in 18th place.
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