Real Madrid thump Deportivo to keep title challenge on track

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Coruna (Spain), April 27 (IANS) Real Madrid got over the disappointment of losing at home in last weekend’s Clasico by thrashing Deportivo 6-2, making sure the prospects of the La Liga title remain within their reach.

The victory on Wednesday night, achieved without stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, puts Real level on points with Barcelona with one game in hand, reports Efe.

It took Real Madrid less than a minute to take the lead over Deportivo, with Alvaro Morata crashing a rising drive in at the near post.

James doubled Madrid’s advantage after a quarter of an hour, steering home after a pull back from Lucas Vazquez.

Deportivo did manage to half the deficit when Romanian forward Florin Andone finished from close range.

Deportivo then spurned a couple of excellent opportunities to draw alevel, before excellent work by Real’s Isco led Lucas Vazquez to restore Real’s two-goal lead going into halftime.

The result was never in doubt in the second half, Real extending their lead with goals from James, Isco and Casemiro, with Deportivo’s Joselu scoring a consolation second goal for the Galicians.

–IANS

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