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REVIEW: DEPORTIVO 3 - OSASUNA 0 (COPA DEL REY)

04 Jan 2006
Deportivo achieved an important 3-0 victory against Osasuna at the Riazor. As demonstrated by the difference in the score, Javier Aguirre's team presented a tough battle on the pitch. Now the Galicians will travel to Pamplona with more confidence since Osasuna needs four goals to advance to the quarterfinals.

BEFORE THE MATCH
As was expected, Caparr??s used his starting lineup from the beginning, including the debut of Javier Arizmendi.  The Madrilian striker performed on the right wing in an offensive formation that included Munitis, Valer??n and Trist??n. Meanwhile, Osasuna's coach Javier Aguirre presented several rotations including the goalkeeper El?a, the defender Miguel Fla?o and the young striker Brit.

FIRST HALF
The first minutes were dominated by Osasuna and their main opportunity was Moha's free kick that Marcelo Sosa couldn't finish off since the ball rebounded off one defender. Deportivo’s response was immediate and Pedro Munitis scored the first goal of the night with a powerful shot that El?a couldn't deflect. The ball hit the right post before entering the net.

Osasuna didn't lose hope and continued to create danger.  Four minutes after the goal the youngster Brit passed the ball to Moha, but the defender sent the ball out when he was entering Depor's area. The situation calmed a bit and the tough challenges of Marcelo Sosa and Manuel Pablo against Valer??n and Brit respectively were sanctioned with yellow cards by referee Teixeira Vitienes.

After this pause the rush of opportunities continued. Trist??n on two occasions had the chance to score, but his first shot ended in El?a’s hands and the second was deflected by the defense. Osasuna had their chances too with free kicks taken by Mu?oz and Brit, but the ball missed the target on both occasions.

Javier Arizmendi was very active during the first half.  He was the victim of several fouls and his first clear opportunity arrived after 33 minutes, but his shot went wide when he was in Osasuna's area. However, it was Juan Carlos Valer??n who increased the lead just before half time.  Munitis sent the ball in from the left and the Canarian playmaker crossed the ball into the near post, beating El?a.  It was the perfect result for the Galicians to face the second leg with.

SECOND HALF
As in the first half, Osasuna started with possession of the ball. Brit and Miguel Fla?o had clear occasions to score, but Molina controlled the ball both times, the first one was a shot from inside the area, and the second one a headed ball from a free kick taken by Moha. The clearest opportunity for Javier Aguirre's squad came at the 60th minute when Miguel Fla?o headed a corner, but the ball was deflected on the line by Sergio when everyone was expecting a goal.

After that, Caparr??s decided to close the open spaces in the field, replacing Romero for Trist??n in an attempt to secure the result. A few minutes later Duscher could have scored the third, but his shot was deflected and ended in El?a's hands. Possession continued to belong to Osasuna, but the Basques weren't capable of finding clear opportunities.

Aguirre’s last resort was David L??pez.  The youngster is one of the sensations in La Liga and he replaced Ort?z in an attempt to reduce the difference in the score. Caparr??s’ response was Scaloni and Xisco.  The latter replaced Arizmendi, who gave a positive impression in his debut, and the Argentine replaced Sergio.

And it was Lionel Scaloni who closed the game with an impressive shot from 30 metres that nobody could stop. With five minutes left it was the final reward for the Galicians.   They didn't manage the ball well, but the squad knew when it was the right moment to attack, a fact proven by the final score.

AFTER THE MATCH
The 3-0 score is an important advantage for the second leg match, especially considering that Osasuna has won every game played so far in the El Sadar stadium. The game will be played next Wednesday and the fact that goals counts as double is important since Depor kept a clean sheet at the Riazor.  A new Depor goal will mean Osasuna have to score on five occasions.

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo: Molina - Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Andrade, Capdevila - Arizmendi (Xisco 84'), Sergio (Scaloni 80'), Duscher, Munitis - Valer??n, Trist??n (Romero 65')
Osasuna: El?a - Izquierdo, Cruchaga, Miguel Fla?o, Clavero - Ortiz (David L??pez 82'), Sosa, Mu?oz, Moha - Web??, Brit (Fran Moreno 68').
Goals: 1-0: (11') Munitis, 2-0: (44') Valer??n, 3-0: (85') Scaloni.
Referee: Teixeira Vitienes. He showed yellow card to Sosa (16'), Manuel Pablo (17'), Web?? (35'), Munitis (53'), Miguel Fla?o (57'), Ortiz (59'), Izquierdo (62') and Fran Moreno (90')
Venue: Riazor (14,000)

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