Deportivo La Coruna shock Real Madrid

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Real Madrid missed out on the chance to close the gap on Sevilla on Sunday, when they were beaten two-nil at Deportivo La Coruna.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Real Madrid returned from the Spanish league's winter break with a trip to relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. They also had the chance to close the gap on leaders Sevilla and Barcelona - both sides having dropped points in their first games back on the La Liga championship trail. However, it was Deportivo who made by far the better start, defender Joan Capdevila firing in a free-kick after 10 minutes that pierced the Real wall and gave Iker Casillas little chance. The replay showed it was Argentine midfielder Gago who was at fault - the new signing from Boca Juniors had a miserable debut and was substituted in the second half. . But he wasn't the only Real player to have a bad game by any means and Deportivo should have put the result beyond doubt well before half time. Angel Arizmendi missed a golden opportunity to make it two-nil on 35 minutes, somehow hitting the post after beating half the Real defence and the goalkeeper - it was one of several gilt-edged chances missed by the home side. Then Real might have sneaked an equaliser just before half-time - the Depor defence failed to deal with a David Beckham cross and Brazilian midfielder Emerson hit the crossbar. Take charge However, it stayed 1-0 into the break. Deportivo picked up where they left off in the second half and on 55 minutes a fabulous run from Arizmendi took him past World and European Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro. The ball was squared across goal and 23-year-old striker Cristian was presented with an open net for his first goal in La Liga. There was some suspicion that the ball had run out of play in the build-up, but all that was confirmed by the replay was that Cannavaro had beaten by his opponent. Capello immediately brought on Brazilian double World Cup winner Ronaldo from the bench, but it had little effect. One chance came his way in the 68th minute but the 30-year-old striker was penalised for handball as he lifted his shot over the crossbar. Real were reduced to half-chances after that and a 77th-minute David Beckham free-kick rather summed up their night...Real's 15-year wait for a victory at the Riazor will continue into next season. Depor's win lifted them to 14th in the table, four points above the relegation zone while Real remain third, but that won't last with more performances like this one.