La Liga: Deportivo La Coruna win basement clash against Las Palmas; Espanyol see off Real Betis
Midfielder Celso Borges scored in each half to help Deportivo La Coruna defeat Las Palmas 3-1 in a match between teams near the bottom of the Spanish League on Monday.
Madrid: Midfielder Celso Borges scored in each half to help Deportivo La Coruna defeat Las Palmas 3-1 in a match between teams near the bottom of the Spanish League on Monday.
Lucas Perez also scored for Deportivo, which on Thursday lost to Las Palmas 4-1 in a first-leg match in the Copa del Rey round of 32.
Loic Remy opened the scoring for struggling Las Palmas seven minutes into the match at Gran Canaria Stadium.
Deportivo moved farther away from the league relegation zone, reaching 16th place.
It was the team's first win since reserve team coach Cristobal Parralo took over the squad after Pepe Mel was fired.
It was the sixth straight league loss for Las Palmas, which is only 18th in the standings.
In the other match on Monday, Gerard Moreno scored early in the second half to give lowly Espanyol a 1-0 home win over Real Betis.
Messi scored a double to take his LaLiga tally to 28 goals for the season, seven ahead of Karim Benzema and even more remarkable given his relatively slow start.
A furious Diakhaby walked off the field after being involved in a heated exchange with Cala and claimed the Spanish player had used a racist slur towards him in the first half of Valencia's game in Cadiz three weeks ago.
LaLiga: Barcelona to appeal against coach Ronald Koeman's two-game suspension as crucial matches loom
The red card would keep Koeman out of the dugout for Barcelona’s match at Valencia on Sunday and next round’s game against Atlético at Camp Nou that will directly impact the title fight.