Deportivo comeback ends in draw at Nou CampDecember 13, 2015
After Barcelona went two goals ahead thanks to a goal in each half each from Messi and Rakitic, Deportivo staged a comeback that saw two goals from the visitors in the last 15 minutes and the opportunity for Atletico Madrid to close the gap completely at the top of the table. The match was the first in which the Catalans failed to win on their home turf. The match is the third draw in the space of eight days, having drawn against Valencia last Saturday and Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Both teams were looking for an early goal, with Suarez and Iniesta testing the Depor goal followed by the visitors trying the same on Bravo at the quarter hour mark. Inevitably though it was Barcelona who began to control the pace and more and more the visitors found themselves on the defensive. However, they were quick to react to Barcelona’s moves resulting in few real chances until Messi finally scored with a 38th minute free kick. 10 minutes after the break it looked as if Suarez had made it 2, only to see the goal disallowed for offside. Just after the hour mark though Rakitic did score to make it look increasingly like another home win for Barcelona.
However, Barcelona appeared to have taken their win for granted in the last 15 minutes of the game. First Lucas Perez headed the ball into the Barça net, only to be ruled offside, but in an attack on the Barça goal almost immediately afterwards closed the cap to 2-1. Both teams continued to attack when given the opportunity, but with just 5 minutes remaining Bergantiños equalised. Barcelona went all out to score one last goal, but when the final whistle sounded the teams were still drawing.
Barcelona’s next league match is on 30th December as this week they head out to Japan to participate in the Club World Cup.
1-0 Messi (min 38)
2-0 Rakitic (min 61)
2-1 Lucas Pérez (min 76)
2-2 Álex Bergantiños (min 85)