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Primera División

  • May 15, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 87000

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

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

Deportivo managed a creditable draw against a makeshift Barcelona side at Camp Nou, but will still be fighting for survival next week. The Catalans had the better chances in both halves, but lacked ruthlessness in front of goal as the visitors held on for an important point.

The visitors started brightly, creating the first chance only three minutes into the game. Niouoi Lassad took advantage of some hesitant defending by Barcelona defender Marc Bartra, sending a decent shot from outside the box with Victor Valdes off his line, but the goalkeeper pulled off a tremendous save to deny the striker.

The Catalans were struggling to impose their passing game on the opposition, evidently due to the absence of midfield maestros Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Deportivo went close once again near the twenty-minute mark minute through Lassad who could only sent his finish wide from 12 yards out.

Barcelona started to grow in confidence and was soon dominating possession in its 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 shot from the center of the box miss narrowly to the left.

Bartra and Afellay were the next to go close for the Catalans as the first half was drawing to an end. The hosts tried to open the scoring before halftime, but were ultimately unable to do so.

Javier Mascherano wasted not time to get to business as he had a shot from outside the box saved in the bottom left corner after a decent pass by Thago Alcantara. Barcelona continued to dominate the proceedings, but was struggling to create a clear-cut chance in front of Daniel Aranzubia's goal.

Deportivo recorded its second shot on target in the 56th minute when Aythami sent a long range stinger for the left corner, but Valdes made a great diving save. Just before the hour mark the Catalans created the best chance of the game when substitute Alves sent in a cross from the flank, but Bojan failed to make contact with his head from six yards out.

Barcelona continued to dominate the game, but lacked a cutting edge upfront as Deportivo was defending valiantly. Daniel Alves had a dangerous free kick from outside the box 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 managed to hold on to the draw, meaning they are now one point ahead of Real Zaragoza in 18th place.

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