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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Real Goes 5-Points Clear As Barca Slips Up Again

MADRID -- Real Madrid stretched its lead over Barcelona at the top of the Spanish first division to five points after twice coming from behind to beat Deportivo Coruna 3-2.


The result added to the problems of Barcelona coach Bobby Robson, who was summoned to meet club president Jose Luis Nunez after seeing his side throw away a 2-0 lead at home for the second time in less than a month in the 2-2 draw with Oviedo.


Juan Pizzi had put Barca ahead shortly after coming on as substitute early in the second half, before Brazilian striker Ronaldo increased the lead with his 19th goal of the season.


But Oviedo's Oli Alvarez pulled one back in the 75th minute and scored the equalizer on the stroke of full time.


Real Madrid -- who must turn round a 3-2 first leg defeat in Thursday's fourth round cup tie with Barcelona -- warmed up in fine style by clinching a tough game against Deportivo.


Deportivo took an early lead when Flavio Conceicao gave keeper Bodo Illgner no chance after latching onto a through ball from fellow Brazilian Rivaldo.


Hyperactive Brazilian international Roberto Carlos set up the winner with a move down the left. His cross found Raul Gonzalez, and the teenager kept his head to pass back to Davor Suker, who made no mistakes.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)








Moments later, former Christian Panucci connected with a corner from Roberto Carlos to score his first goal for Real.


Real took control after the break, but it was Deportivo who took the lead when Corentin Martins blasted home a loose ball after Illgner had twice been forced to clear his lines.


Again the lead lasted just a few moments as Fernando Hierro curled in a magnificent equalizer from a free-kick.