Victoria (0ntheverge) wrote in _fcbarcelona_,

match report

Apologies for the delay. >__>

» Eto'o made his 200th appearance against Deportivo and scored his 130th goal (in all competitions) for Barça. That puts him even at 3rd with Rivaldo. This La Liga season alone he's scored 30 goals. Eto'o came in second for the Pichichi behind Forlán who scored 32.

(source) Barcelona ended the most successful season in their history with a 1-1 draw at Deportivo La Coruna in the last round of the Primera Division.

The Catalans added the Champions League title to the domestic league and cup double they had already secured to complete an amazing treble on Wednesday night, when they brushed aside Manchester United with a brilliant exhibition of attacking football.

Samuel Eto'o put Pep Guardiola's side in front on Wednesday and rescued a point for the Catalans with a last-minute strike in this match after Rodolfo Bodipo had given the home side the lead on the half-hour mark.

Having completed their historic treble on Wednesday, Guardiola looked certain to rest a host of first-team players for this match.

But it was a surprisingly strong Barcelona line-up that began at Riazor, with Eto'o, Xavi, Gerard Pique, Yaya Toure, Sylvinho and Eric Abidal all starting.

Eidur Gudjohnsen and Aleksander Hleb came in for rare starts as Barca switched to a more orthodox 4-4-2 line-up, with the former Arsenal midfielder just behind Eto'o and Bojan Krkic.

Eto'o was in the running for the `Pichichi' award for the league's top scorer, but began the day two goals behind Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan.

And the Cameroonian was frustrated early on as Deportivo dominated.

The Galicians still harboured slim hopes of clinching a place in next season's Europa League, although they needed to beat Barcelona and hope that sixth-placed Valencia went down at home to Athletic Bilbao, who travelled to the Mestalla with nothing but pride to play for.

Juan Rodriguez should have put Deportivo in front after seven minutes, but headed over from close range.

Andres Guardado then found his way through a stagnant Barca defence a minute later, but sent his shot wide of the target with only keeper Jose Pinto - in for the rested Victor Valdes - to beat.

Eto'o was dispossessed at the other end before he could pull the trigger as the treble winners struggled to find their rhythm without the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Thierry Henry.

Pinto produced a fine save to deny Pablo Alvarez after quarter of an hour and Bodipo dragged a poor shot wide six minutes later as Deportivo continued to press.

Barca almost went ahead when Seydou Keita flashed a deflected drive just wide after 28 minutes.

Eto'o drilled a powerful effort just past the post two minutes later and it looked as if the balance of the game was about to change.

But Deportivo took the lead in their very next attack, when Bodipo got between Pique and Sylvinho to head Guardado's cross past a helpless Pinto.

Sylvinho blasted a fierce drive just over the angle nine minutes before the break, but the home side continued to look more dangerous and Sergio Gonzalez crashed a powerful effort against the woodwork three minutes short of the interval.

Barca then messed up a good position on the stroke of half-time, when Hleb failed to pick out Eto'o.

The Catalans went in a goal down at the break and almost found themselves two behind three minutes into the second half, when Pinto was forced into a decent save to keep out Juan Carlos Valeron's stinging half-volley.

Both teams had chances after that in an entertaining second period, but Deportivo looked set to hold out for a narrow win as full-time approached.

Eto'o had the final say, though.

The Cameroonian ran onto Bojan's intelligent through-ball, controlled with his chest and lashed an unstoppable drive past Daniel Aranzubia.

The goal was not enough to catch Forlan, who scored in Atletico's 3-0 win at home to Almeria to remain two strikes ahead of Eto'o.

Posting this 'cause there's a cute interruption at 0:50. ^__^ Interview with Botía...

final table

Xerez, Tenerife and Real Zaragoza ( =D!!!!! ) have been promoted.












Bojan thigh
close your legs bojan... you slut!











This season has been immense and I'm sad to see it end. Thanks to everyone who commented, posted and joined in on our live reaction posts. I hope to see more of you next season. Love you all.
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