LA CORUNA, April 8 (Primera Liga) - Gimnastic Tarragona's survival hopes suffered another blow on Sunday as they slumped to defeat at Deportivo La Coruna.
The Catalans started the day at the foot of the table and this defeat coupled with Levante's 1-1 draw at home to Real Betis means Paco Flores' men are now eight points from safety.
The visitors more than held their own at the Riazor but Iago Iglesias` 58th-minute free-kick condemned them to their 18th defeat of the season.
The only blot on the hosts' afternoon was the late dismissal of Julian De Guzman for two yellow cards - the second coming for a foul on Tobias Grahn.
Depor look destined to finish in mid-table, this victory dispelling any lingering fears they may be dragged into the relegation dogfight.
The home side started well and had the first chance after two minutes, Cristian's 25-yard effort flying wide of the upright.
But Gimnastic slowly began to find a foothold in the game and Antonio Marco replied with an off-target shot of his own shortly afterwards.
Jorge Andrade and De Guzman both had efforts on goal before the visitors enjoyed the best chance of the opening salvos after 14 minutes.
An inswinging corner from the right by Juan Diaz fell at the feet of Marco but he fired wildly over the bar when he ought to have called home keeper Dudu Aouate into action.
Aouate did make his first save of the afternoon approaching the half-hour mark by punching clear Antoni Pinilla's free-kick.
And both sides had presentable chances to edge ahead before the break.
First, Gimnastic defender Cesar Navas headed Juan Diaz's corner wide from just six yards before Andrade was equally profligate from similar range after he got on the end of Fabian Estoyanoff's free-kick.
Adrian had another opportunity for the home side nine minutes before the break but he could only nod the ball wide after Joan Capdevila had got to the by-line.
The pair linked up once more in the opening seconds of the second period but Adrian again failed to hit the target.
The second half degenerated following that early moment of excitement and it wasn't until Iago's moment of brilliance that it sparked back into life.
Marco conceded a free-kick for a foul on Estoyanoff and Iago curled home the set-piece from 20 yards into the top right-hand corner.
Depor were content to sit on their lead and Gimnastic found it hard to create too many noteworthy chances in the remaining 32 minutes.
However, Javier Portillo did come within inches of a dramatic late equaliser when the former Real Madrid striker volleyed against the bar with three minutes to go.