JAMES RODRIGUEZ stepped in for missing Cristiano Ronaldo as his brace helped Real Madrid tie Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
The Colombian scored 14 minutes in then got another in the 66th as further goals from Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez, the electric Isco and Casemiro hit Deportivo La Coruna for six.
The hosts picked up two consolation goals from Florin Andone and Joselu either side of half-time but it made no difference.
Barcelona and Madrid are level on 78 points, but the Catalan club are ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The two-time defending champions has four games left while Madrid – seeking their first league title since 2012 – have five to play.
Barcelona hammered relegated Osasuna 7-1 earlier in the night thanks to a Lionel Messi brace and Javier Mascherano’s first goal in SEVEN years.
Madrid were in control from the start against relegation-threatened Deportivo in La Coruna, taking the lead through Morata in the first minute.
Rodriguez got in on the act, Lucas Vazquez added in the 44th, Isco netted in the 77th and Casemiro rounded off the scoring in the 87th.
The hosts scored with Andone in the 35th and Joselu in the 84th.
Deportivo, who have lost eight straight games to Madrid, including the last four at home, stayed 16th in the 20-team standings, only seven points from the relegation zone.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was without the injured Gareth Bale and the suspended Sergio Ramos. He rested Ronaldo, Keylor Navas, Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.