The exhilarating 2-2 draw between Deportivo La Coruna and Levante is our La Liga game of the week from match day 21 – a game that saw the visitors mount a gallant fight back in the last ten minutes to secure a hard earned point that could prove pivotal in this season’s relegation battle.
La Coruna took an early lead in the tie when Arsenal loanee Lucas Perez whipped in from a free kick for Adrian Lopez to powerfully head in from close range, to grab his fifth goal of the season and put his side into an early lead.
Lopez now sits on 26 points for the season, despite his side’s frustrating campaign.
However, the home side were dealt a blow late in the first half when Costa Rican international Celso Borges was sent off – some would argue harshly – for a second bookable offence in the 34th minute when his elbow caught Levante midfielder Jason as they duelled for a header.
Despite this stroke of adversity, the home side’s lead was doubled when Andone calmly slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper on the stroke of half time – rounding off a slick passing move.
The hosts will have been buoyed by their lead at the break but with a sense of trepidation that they would be fully under siege as the game wore on.
Despite their man advantage, it wasn’t until the 80th minute that the visitors finally pulled a goal back.
Ivi Lopez’s seemingly tame effort looked comfortable enough for Martinez to field, but was deceived by an awkward deflection as it made its way on target – looping past the helpless keeper’s outstretched frame.
Encouraged by their slice of good luck, the visitors scored a quick second as the reserves of the home side – who had put up a resilient performance up until this point – finally ran out.
Having netted once already, Ivi completed his brace when he fired in a spectacular effort from outside the box, the ball having fallen to him from a corner that the La Coruna defence had failed to clear properly.
The striker’s brace marked his third and fourth goals of what has been a frustrating season, albeit on that has bore 19 points.
Despite having lost a man early on in proceedings, Deportivo will still rightfully feel that letting the three points slip late on represents a missed opportunity.
Victory would have seen the side leapfrog their visitors, escaping the relegation zone in the process, and they will be desperately hoping that the result is not a difference maker come the end of the campaign.
However, the team can rightfully take heart from the weekends endeavours. If the team can show the same degree of commitment across the whole campaign then it is unlikely that they will remain in the drop zone for the remainder of the season.
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