LA CORUNA, December 3 (Primera Liga) - There were three red cards in La Coruna as 10-man Deportivo were held to a goaless draw against nine-man Racing Santander.
The visitors had Pedro Munitis and Nikola Zigic dismissed, while Hidalgo Cristian saw red for the hosts at the Riazor on Sunday.
The draw for Joaquin Caparros' men mean they continue their dramatic slide down the Primera Liga, a run that has seen them go a sixth successive league game without victory.
After last week's poor showing, which saw the Galicians hammered 4-1 at struggling Osasuna, Caparros would have been hoping for his team to bounce back at home.
However, that failed to materialise as they were poor in a game that produced no goals between two teams locked at the centre of the division.
The game started off slowly with both sides hesitant to attack as they opted for caution.
The first chance eventually fell to Antonio Juan Rodriguez in the 10th minute, but his strike from the edge of the penalty area was wide.
Two minutes later, it was the turn off Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, but he failed to hit the target after he was put through by Pedro Munitis and his shot from the centre of the penalty area flew into the crowd.
Midway through the half, an inswinging corner from Cristian caused confusion in the visitors' backline, but Ivan Riki blew the chance as he headed straight over the crossbar.
The final opportunity of the first-half fell to Joan Verdu, but another poor effort left goalkeeper Antonio Tono a mere spectator.
Five minutes after the break, Miguel Angel Portugal's men made things much worse for themselves, when Munitis was given his marching orders for violent conduct.
However, the home team failed to capitalise as Racing still looked threatening.
With 55 minutes gone, Tono picked out Gonzalo Colsa with his long goal-kick, and he allowed the ball to bounce before hitting a cracking 25-yard volley from the left, which whistled wide.
Tono was again in the action on the hour mark, when a Cristian cross picked out Riki in the centre of the penalty area, who this time found the target, but was excellently denied by the flying goalkeeper.
Midway through the half, Ezequiel Garay hit a powerful 30-yard free-kick from the right, but this time it was home goalkeeper Dudu Aouate who managed to parry the ball away.
With 10 minutes remaining, Zigic went in late on Alvaro Arbeloa and received a second yellow card to set up a frantic finale.
However, it was again the visitors who looked to have gained the ascendancy and almost stole all the points with five minutes remaining when a brilliant shot by Colsa from 20 yards forced a brilliant save from Aouate.
To make things worse for the hosts, Cristian was shown red in injury time for serious foul play.