Deportivo inflict shock mauling on La Real

Deportivo La Coruna breathed new life into their La Liga campaign with a 5-1 hammering of Real Sociedad at the Riazor on Monday.

Depor were three goals up at the break and cruising, courtesy of Sidnei (13'), Inigo Martinez (29' OG) and Florin Andone (42'), although Yuri Berchiche pulled one back for the visitors early in the second half.

However, further goals from Ryan Babel (64') and Andone (77') wrapped up a massive victory for Gaizka Garitano's side, who climbed out of the relegation zone into 16th spot after halting a six-game winless run.

The heavy loss ended a five-match unbeaten streak for La Real, who missed out on the chance to move into the Champions League places as they sit sixth in the table.

Deportivo broke the deadlock after just 13 minutes when Sidnei slotted home in a crowded penalty area from a corner, which fell into his path off the head of a defender.

The Basque club needed a response but it came at the wrong end as Martinez turned the ball into the roof of his own net in an attempt to cut out a dangerous cross from Andone on the left just before the half-hour mark.

Andone effectively ended the contest three minutes before half-time when he steered Juanfran's cross into the bottom-right corner of the net.

To their credit, Sociedad still made a fight of it and reduced the deficit 12 minutes into the second half as Yuri played a one-two with Sergio Canales on the left before firing home into the far corner of the goal.

But their fightback was quelled seven minutes later when the hosts won a penalty for Martinez's foul on Raul Albentosa. Geronimo Rulli pulled off a fine save at full stretch to deny Babel from 12 yards out, but the Dutchman scored on the rebound.

Romanian forward Andone capped off a superb display from the Galicians 13 minutes from time with his second goal of the game, latching onto a through-ball and lashing his shot past Rulli at his near post to seal a surprising but convincing victory.