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  • January 29, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estadio Municipal de Riazor, A Coruña (La Coruña)
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
  • • Attendance: 18000
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Deportivo La Coruna 3-3 Sevilla: Ten-Man Andalusians Denied Unbelievable Comeback Thanks To Late Laure Goal

Deportivo La Coruna 3-3 Sevilla: Ten-Man Andalusians Denied Unbelievable Comeback Thanks To Late Laure Goal

Sevilla were 2-0 down with half an hour to play.

Deportivo La Coruna grabbed a late equalizer thanks to Laure after throwing away a 2-0 lead over ten-man Sevilla.

The home-side were in the driving seat with half an hour to play but Alvaro Negrado inspired his team's comeback with a brace that included a stunning half-volley that put his side 3-2 up.

Both sides came into the fixture coming off the back of defeats with Sevilla going down 1-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey last Wednesday night.

Despite the vast number of empty seats at the Riazor the atmosphere was terrific and it clearly rubbed off on the home team as they produced a riveting display in the opening quarter.

The men in blue and white felt aggrieved in the opening minute as they believed they deserved a penalty following a clash between Mouhamadou Dabo and Laure in the box. It was in fact a superbly timed tackle by the man of Senegalese descent whose outstretched leg clearly made contact with the ball rather than the man

Sevilla were victims of ball chasing as the hosts dictated play with some neat intricate football in the middle of the park. They exploited the flanks on a number of occasions with Adrian Alvarez and Laure’s trickery bamboozling their adversaries. Manuel Pablo was the architect of the first real chance of the game as he found acres of space down the left-hand side before delivering a teasing cross that was misjudged by Adrian Lopez who got behind the ball and his subsequent connection via his head went well wide.

The Sevillistas were being caught out by Deportivo on the counter and were looking vulnerable due to their high defensive line.

Lassad Nouioui put Depor in front on 14 minutes with a stunning curling effort. All his own work, the Tunisian showed great control to bring the ball forward and lashed his effort from distance via the laces that had power and precision that gave Andres Palop in goal no chance as the ball swerved into his far left-hand corner. It was wonderfully executed by Lassad who was surrounded by four red shirts prior to the strike.

Sevilla were beginning to settle and were enjoying spells of possession but it was evident to see that they missed the presence of Frederic Kanoute and his hold-up play. Alvaro Negredo and Luis Fabiano looked isolated and didn’t test Depor’s Daniel Aranzubia.

The Andalusians showed more purpose after the interval with Depor happy to soak up pressure and work on the counter-attack. It was however to be all in vain as Andres Palop was dismissed on 56 minutes after handling the ball outside the area. Adrian got the better of Dabo and looked to bear down on goal and his effort was denied by the palm of the Sevilla stopper resulting in his red-card.

Deportivo capitalized on their numerical advantage and made it 2-0 on the hour after a diligent ball from Manuel Pablo played in Adrian inside the eighteen-yard box who coolly rolled the ball across goal for Lassad to tap home to net his brace.

Gregorio Manzano’s side instantly replied thanks to Alvaro Negredo who made the most of a lucky deflection as the ball found its way to his feet inside the penalty area and tucked the ball past Aranzubia at his near-post to install belief.

The hosts had a goal chalked off for offside minutes before Sevilla grabbed that elusive equaliser thanks to Julien Escude on 73 minutes. Fabiano produced a terrific effort on goal via a direct free-kick that was well saved by Aranzubia but was unable to gather allowing Escude to pounce on the rebound and slot home to the anguish of the man in goal.

Astonishingly Negredo completed an unbelievable turnaround on 78 minutes as he brought the ball down on his chest via a gorgeous ball from Didier Zokora and hit the ball across goal that found the net. Absolute masterstroke from Coach Gregorio Manzano with the introduction of Zokora from the bench who gave Sevilla more impetus going forward.

The home team, however, grabbed the equalizer with two minutes remaining thanks to Laure whose effort on the half volley was too much for stand in goalkeeper Javi Vargas that subsequently sparked a mass protest from the Sevilla players who were incensed at the linesman believing it was offside.

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