Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 3/9/13
Lionel Messi netted for the 17th consecutive league game as Barcelona eased to a 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna. Barca have been suffering from a dip in form in recent weeks but defeat to their rock-bottom Galician opponents never looked likely. Alexis Sanchez put the hosts in front when he headed home a Dani Alves cross towards the end of the first half. And Messi, on as a second-half substitute, added a glorious second with just minutes remaining by chipping goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia to consign Depor to a seventh defeat in eight games. Malaga had earlier failed to beat Valladolid and their 1-1 draw at the Jose Zorilla stadium and that result could see them slip out of the Champions League places by the end of the weekend. Manuel Pellegrini rested key performers Isco and Joaquin with Wednesday's Champions League last-16 second-leg match with Porto in mind. His team still got off to a great start when Martin Demichelis headed them into the lead after eight minutes bu...
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