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Spain round-up: Late strikes sink Barcelona

Published: Saturday 16 November 2002, 22.33CET
FC Barcelona lost 2-0 at RC Deportivo La Coruña, while Villarreal CF earned a rare victory.

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Published: Saturday 16 November 2002, 22.33CET

Spain round-up: Late strikes sink Barcelona

FC Barcelona lost 2-0 at RC Deportivo La Coruña, while Villarreal CF earned a rare victory.
FC Barcelona slipped further off the pace tonight a 2-0 defeat at RC Deportivo La Coruña, while Villarreal CF earned a rare victory.

Late drama
The match between the two UEFA Champions League contenders failed to live-up to the pre-match billing as a potential thriller with both sides struggling to get any attacking rhythm going until the final ten minutes when Deportivo stole a win with two goals in the space of a few minutes.

Clever dummy
Lionel Scaloni broke the deadlock eight minutes from time after a clever dummy by Dutch striker Roy Makaay, and Barcelona-born Alberto Luque came off the bench to put the game beyond doubt at the Riazor stadium with a low drive after being set up by Victor Sánchez.

Fourth place
The win sees Deportivo move into joint-fourth in the table with RC Celta de Vigo, four points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad, while Barcelona drop to seventh are are now six points adrift of Sociedad having played a game more.

Late goal
Earlier, Villarreal hauled their way out of the bottom four in the Primera División with a 1-0 win against Sevilla FC. It took a goal just a minute from time to earn Villarreal only their second victory of the season in a fiercely contested match at the El Madrigal stadium.

Red card
The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw when Villarreal defender Sergio Ballesteros was dismissed three minutes from time, but Sevilla failed to make the most of their man advantage and conceded an 89th-minute goal, a volley from Brazilian defender Juliano Belletti.

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