Barcelona comes from behind to retake second place
Barcelona came from behind to beat lowly Deportivo Coruna Sunday at home.
10 December 2007
MADRID - Barcelona came from behind to beat lowly Deportivo Coruna Sunday at home and regain second place in the Spanish Liga.
The 2-1 win keeps alive Barca's perfect home record - and keeps them four points behind leaders Real Madrid, who won 1-0 Saturday in Bilbao.
Barca now have 31 points from 15 games.
Coach Frank Rijkaard delighted the expectant Camp Nou by starting with a forward-line of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Ronaldinho, for the first time in more than three months.
It was Deportivo, second from bottom, who struck first. In the third minute, the visitors went ahead after shaky Barca keeper Victor Valdes failed to get behind a long Cristian Hidalgo drive from the right.
Depor striker Xisco Jimenez had a good chance to put his side further ahead in the 24th minute, but naively headed over.
Barca gradually rediscovered their old flowing rhythm, enjoying almost 70-percent possession, and went level five minutes before halftime.
The lively Andres Iniesta was pulled down for a clear penalty by Cristian, and Ronaldinho made no mistake from the spot.
The winning goal came in the 71st minute. Indefatigable captain Carles Puyol broke free down the right and centred to the near post. Depor keeper Gustavo Munua spilled the cross, and Xavi Hernandez pushed the ball in at leisure.
Eto'o told Canal Plus that he felt "very well" after returning from his three-month injury recovery.
"The important thing," he said, "is that we continue to be not very far away from Madrid."
Once-mighty Deportivo are now second from bottom with just 13 points - and coach Miguel Angel Lotina is in real jeopardy.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Spanish news