Barcelona shadow team stumbles to Depor draw

Barcelona were held 0-0 by Deportivo La Coruna last night.

Barcelona were held 0-0 by Deportivo La Coruna last night.

A second-string Barcelona side were held to a goalless draw by relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna in the penultimate round of Primera Division matches at the Nou Camp.

The league title was wrapped up with a draw at Levante on Wednesday night and, with a Champions League final meeting with Manchester United to come at the end of the month, coach Pep Guardiola named an experimental side.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes, defender Eric Abidal and midfielder Javier Mascherano - all regular starters - were joined in the first 11 by a handful of youngsters, including Andreu Fontas, Marc Bartra, Jeffren Suarez, Jonathan dos Santos and Thiago Alcantara.

Many of those players have barely featured this season, but they were given a guard of honour by Deportivo as they came onto the pitch.

 
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