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

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

Impressive Depor are now four matches unbeaten under new boss Pepe Mel, this victory opening up an eight-point gap on the relegation zone. Striker Joselu was played in but his right-footed shot was sacked straight at the goalkeeper.

Joselu had fired Deportivo into a first-half lead before Luis Suarez levelled in the first minute of the second period.

Suarez was denied a second equaliser by a brilliant save from Deportivo goalkeeper German Lux and suffered a first defeat in 20 league games since they were beaten 4-3 at Celta Vigo, also in Galicia, on 2 October.

Barca now lead Real Madrid at the top of La Liga by just a point having played two games more. "There's still a long way to go and we'll have chances to win it".

Striker Joselu opened the scoring for Deportivo in the 40th minute with a close-range shot after Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano failed to clear a loose ball inside the area after a corner.

Depor's Carles Gil had a penalty claim turned down after being challenged by Sergio Busquets, while Faycal Fajr's shot deflected just over as the hosts reacted well to the blow.

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Enrique turned to Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic for a victor in the final half hour as Arda Turan and Andre Gomes were sacrificed.

Both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez wasted opportunities for the visitors and they were punished five minutes before half-time.

But the warning wasn't heeded as centre-back Alex Bergantinos headed into the bottom corner from the resulting set piece.

- Barcelona have lost a game in which Suarez scored for the first time ever (72 previous games).

Barcelona struggled without the injured Neymar in the defeat to Depor, a stark contrast to last year's fixture at the Riazor which saw the champions win 8-0.

- Six of Deportivo's last nine goals in LaLiga have been headers, which equates to a league-high 32 per cent of their total haul this season.

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