Sergio Ramos has done it again for Real Madrid as he stepped up at the crucial moment with his trade mark header.
At 2-2 in the 92nd minute, Madrid appeared to be heading for a hard fought draw against Deportivo Coruna, 16th on La Liga table.
But Ramos clinched a win for the league leaders in the last game of the year at the Bernabéu.
It was the last game of the day in Spain, capping Barcelona’s earlier slaying of Osasuna 3-0, Real Sociedad beating visiting Valencia 3-2 and Leganes holding Las Palmas 1-1.
It was a thrilling night of football at the Bernabau as the visitors forced Madrid to dig deep to stretch its unbeaten record to 35 matches.
The first in which Madrid dominated possession ended goalless with many chances blown upfront.
The second half got off to a very different start, as Madrid piled pressure on the guests. Their efforts were duly rewarded in the 50th minute when Álvaro Morata collected the ball with his back to goal and earned a yard of space, before catching Tyton off guard with a thumping right-footed strike that flew past the powerless Depor custodian.
It was a stunning strike from the youth-team graduate and it appeared as if the league leaders had done the hard work by getting their noses in front.
However, their joy was short-lived as Joselu produced a thunderous left-footed finish to restore parity. Just two minutes later, Madrid’s task became all the more difficult when Joselu outfoxed Keylor Navas in a one-on-one to put the visitors into the driving seat.
From that moment on Madrid laid siege to the Deportivo goal and their efforts bore fruit on 84th minute.
Mariano rose highest to meet Lucas Vázquez’s left-footed centre to flick the ball home with his shoulder to level things up.
However, the hosts weren’t done just yet and with 92 minutes on the clock they completed the stunning comeback. Toni Kroos whipped in a corner and there was Sergio Ramos to power home a trademark header to seal victory for the league leaders.
Real Madrid signed off for the year at the Bernabéu sitting top of the tree and boasting a 35-game unbeaten run.
Next up for Madrid is the Club World Cup.
*With reports by realmadrid.com