Luis Enrique: PSG win took its toll on Barcelona in Deportivo defeat

Mar 13, 2017, 01:02
Luis Enrique: PSG win took its toll on Barcelona in Deportivo defeat

Second-placed Real, who have 59 points from 25 games, will face Real Betis later on Sunday.

In the 56th minute Inaki Williams took advantage of an underhit backpass by Alvaro Odriozola to double Athletic's advantage and secure all three points.

Barca's stunning second-leg victory over PSG secured their passage to the last eight of Europe's elite competition, 6-5 on aggregate, but they went down at the Riazor as Alex Bergantinos' header won it for the home side after Luis Suarez had cancelled out Joselu's opener. I foresee it every week, and after Wednesday, even more so.

"But we didn't win and we have to congratulate Deportivo - they deserved it".

However, Deportivo La Coruna responded well to conceding the equaliser and regained their composure, striking what proved to be the victor when Alex Bergantinos climbed above Jordi Alba to head home from a corner kick.

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"Only someone who has lived what we lived this week can understand what it means, but professionals need to know how to cope with these situations", said Luis Enrique.

Deportivo striker, Joselu gave relegation threatened Deportivo the lead on 40 minutes.

But the hosts went one better from the resulting corner, Ter Stegen failed to gather Javier Mascherano's attempted clearance, allowing Joselu to thump in from close range.

But despite what Barca's quick restart might have suggested, the goal onslaught the away team desired didn't materialise, and Mel's men were able to gather their thoughts and once again hold their foes at bay.

The Champions were without the services of Neymar and Rafinha, which saw Andre Gomes and Arda Turan handed starts. The goal came just moments after another great save by Ter Stegen to a header by Alejandro Arribas. From the resulting set-piece, Bergantinos climbed highest to beat Jordi Alba before heading the ball into the bottom corner.