La Liga Round-Up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona have extended their at the top with a 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.Barcelona have gone six points clear at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 home win over Deportivo La Coruna.
Goals by Xavi and Samuel Eto'o cancelled out Fran's early strike for Depor, as Javier Irureta's side stay in mid-table following defeat at Camp Nou.
It was the visitors that took the lead six minutes in, as Pedro Munitis's powerful run down the right took him to the byline before his cutback cross found Fran.
He half-volleyed his strike past Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes to give Depor a surprise lead.
The goal, however, spurred the in-form Catalans to put pressure on their Galician opponents, with Eto'o and Ludovic Giuly missing good opportunities.
However, the home side restored parity on 23 minutes when Rafael Marquez's free kick found Juliano Belletti on the right.
The Brazilian's cutback pass found its way to Xavi and he finished left footed past Jose Molina to make it 1-1.
Barca started to command proceedings at this stage and they took a deserved lead nine minutes before the break.
Pressure in the Depor box saw a mis-hit Marquez shot find its way to an unmarked and on side Giuly on the right-hand side.
The former Monaco player easily squared his pass to an unmarked Eto'o to run it into an open net for a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half saw Frank Rijkaard's side dominate with the better chances, with Giuly having two good opportunities to score while Xavi shot just wide with another effort.
Mexico skipper Marquez was particularly unlucky not to get on the score sheet with a close-range header and a right foot curling free kick that clipped the outside of Molina's far post.
In the end, Barca looked in more control than what the scoreline suggested, as their fine start to the season continues.
In the other Primera Liga match on Saturday evening, Albacete and Real Betis played out a goalless draw at the Carlos Belmonte.
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